An Acre man was arrested by Coastal District police on Thursday after he allegedly placed a bomb on a vehicle at a Nahariya shopping center.
Witnesses at the center told police they saw the man affix an object to the car and then flee the scene on an electric bicycle. They then gave chase and caught the man, holding the 25-year-old suspect until police could arrive.
By Thursday afternoon police said the package was in fact a real explosive device that was meant to harm the owner of the car. They said that they believe the background to the attempted attack is a business dispute involving the owner of the car, who himself works in the shopping center. They added that they have not been able to determine the connection between the suspected target and the man who placed the bomb, and that the man on the electric bicycle is not “known to police” or an investigative target.