Motorcycle explodes in Kiryat Ata

Driver killed in apparent crime-related blast, several treated for shock.

March 4, 2010 22:20
A policeman stands next to what is left of a motor

kiryat ata motorcycle bombing 311. (photo credit: Channel 10 screenshot)

A motorcyclist was killed when his vehicle exploded in the center of Kiryat Ata, north of Haifa on Thursday night. The motorcycle was overtaking a bus on the town's main road when the explosion occurred, police said.

"At this stage, it appears to be criminal-related," a police spokesman said.

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The man killed in the explosion was a Kiryat Ata resident in his twenties, who has a criminal record, police said. Police assessed the motorcyclist was targeted by a rival crime gang.

Several bus passengers were treated on the scene for shock.

Senior Northern district police brass and a bomb squad attended the scene of the blast.

Eye witnesses described hearing a very loud explosion, and seeing the motorcycle go up in flames.

Magen David Adom ambulances and emergency vehicles flooded the scene in the minutes after the blast.

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