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Israeli police say blast criminally motivated

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2013 at 11:42 am •  Published: January 10, 2013

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A bomb exploded in a car near a bus in Tel Aviv on Thursday in what police said was a criminally motivated assassination attempt. Four people were slightly injured.

In a country with a long history of bus bombings by Palestinian militants, such explosions immediately cause jitters about terrorism. The explosion went off close to the site of a bus bombing in November.

Israeli media offered various reports of how the blast occurred. Some cited witnesses saying a motorcyclist tossed an explosive device at the car, and other witnesses said the motorcyclist attached a bomb to the vehicle.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said an investigation was under way and that the target was an underworld figure. He could not confirm the identity of the man targeted.

Israeli media reported that the man was Nissim Alperon, head of one of the country's most powerful crime families.

Alperon has often escaped death. Thursday's attack was the ninth assassination attempt he has survived in the past 12 years.

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