Two brothers were hurt Sunday after a car exploded in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv. The blast was caused by an explosive device placed under the vehicle, police said..
Police officials said the explosion was criminally motivated and not a terror attack.
Bomb placed under car (Photo: Yaron Brenner)
One man of about 40 sustained serious wounds and was rushed to hospital. His brother was moderately hurt. The two brothers were later identified as Avi and Danny Karadi, with both said to be associated with the Abarjil crime family, police sources said.
Large ambulance teams and police forces were dispatched to the scene of the explosion once initial reports of the blast were received, but it soon became clear the incident was limited in scope.
Abraham Hazut, who was standing at a nearby intersection at the time of the blast, told Ynet: "There was a loud explosion, I saw fire and smoke. The vehicle flew through the air, it looked like a terror attack."
"Before that I saw two people go into the vehicle and attempt to start it," he said. "Once they started the car, the explosion occurred."
Hazut added that the two victims were able to extract themselves from the burning vehicle.
"The seriously injured man was rolling in the sand by the sidewalk in order to put the fire out," Hazut said. "They weren't screaming, but I realize they're both in shock."
Meanwhile, police investigators arrived at the carwash facility where the vehicle was washed shortly before the blast. The officers gathered testimonies at the facility and confiscated the cameras installed there in a bid to discover whether the explosive device was attached to the vehicle during the wash.
This is not the first incident of this kind in Netanya, where reputed mobsters have engaged in an ongoing war. On several cases, ready-to-use rockets were found in the town as part of suspected ongoing underworld disputes.