Two people were killed Thursday in a car blast in Rishon Lezion. Police estimate the event was criminal in nature. On Thursday morning, a car exploded in a building's parking lot near the city's magistrates' court.
The two were later identified as city resident Alex Lerner, 24, and Shmulik David, 28, from Modi'in. A man apparently associated with the victims was detained for questioning at the scene. Several suspects were arrested in Tel Aviv. Police claim the two victims are members of the Abargil crime family.
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According to witnesses, the blast occurred as the two men were getting into their Mazda car. A Magen David Adom official said the men died Instantaneously.
Police have been arresting suspects in two criminal cases in the Rishon Lezion-Holon-Bat Yam area in the past weeks. A gang war involving the Abargil and Mosly crime families has claimed the lives of at least 10 people since 2011.
The victims are usually shot at close range with the assailants fleeing the scene on a motorbike.
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