Indictment nears for south Tel Aviv bomb-maker

Police not sure if suspect made bombs to settle personal scores or if he was in the business of making and selling bombs.

March 23, 2014 19:20
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Aftermath of car bomb in Tel Aviv.. (photo credit: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE)

A Tel Aviv man who police believe was behind a January car bomb is to be indicted later this week for using, transporting and creating an explosive device.

The alleged bomb-maker, Avraham Asrasa, is believed to have set a shrapnel- packed pipe bomb on a car on Mohliver Street in central Tel Aviv in January that exploded but did not injure anyone. Police working the scene found DNA that they traced back to Asrasa.

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Over the course of a month and a half, police tracked Asrasa around the city and kept a close eye on his apartment in the Argazim neighborhood of south Tel Aviv, Supt. Rona Morad-Fingelay of the Yarkon subdistrict said Sunday. According to Morad-Fingelay, inside the small studio apartment, police found what they called a “bomb-making lab,” and they found a further three bombs that were ready to be used in a gym bag next door.

Police said they were not yet sure if Asrasa was making the bombs to settle personal scores or if he was in the business of making and selling the bombs per order for local criminals.

The bombs are not the highly sophisticated remote-detonated bombs loaded with IDF explosive bricks that have been used recently in the Israeli underworld.

Police said that Asrasa appeared to have learned the trade on the Internet, but that the pipe bombs were highly effective nonetheless and could have easily killed people.

Police said that they were unsure as to Asrasa’s link to the owner of the car on Mohliver Street, but that they believe he may have set the bomb on behalf of a friend who was involved in an inheritance dispute with the owners of the car.

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