Police sappers on Sunday evening “neutralized” a bomb at a Tiv Taam branch on
Ibn Gvirol Street in central Tel Aviv, in the latest attempt to destroy the
In the late afternoon, police cordoned off Ibn Gvirol next to
Rabin Square for a couple of blocks to the south and the north, causing serious
Around 7 p.m., sappers were able to render the package
safe, and police confirmed that it was an explosive device, and not merely a
“suspicious object.” Sappers took the remains of the device to a lab for further
Police said the investigation was focusing on the attempted
bombing as a criminal, not nationalist, act.
The store’s manager, Adi
Cohen, said at the site of the blast on Sunday that the bomb was inside the
branch’s storage room, and was discovered by one of the employees working on
He said he has no idea how long it had been there before
it was discovered.
When asked why he thinks the bomb was placed at the
store, Cohen said, “I have no idea where this is coming from or who would want
to do this, we’ve never been threatened before.”
On March 12, a fire that
broke out at the same Tiv Taam branch caused an explosion in the ventilation
system. Police said the arsonists used the store’s ventilation system to filter
gasoline and fumes into the store, causing an explosion around 3 a.m. The blast
lightly wounded one employee and caused serious damage to the store, which is
still undergoing renovations in order to reopen. That blast followed two similar
previous arson incidents at the store.
After the blast on March 12, Tel
Aviv police set up an investigative task force to probe the background to the
Cohen said that the employee injured in the earlier
blast was still hospitalized.
At 8 p.m., police were still carrying out
searches in the store and in nearby locations.