A man was killed and another moderately hurt in an explosion in a car in Ashdod police and paramedics at the scene confirmed Tuesday night.
The blast near the corner of Rogozin and Shapira Street caused severe shrapnel wounds and burns to the victim, a man in his 30s who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim is lightly to moderately hurt and has been taken to a nearby hospital.
Police said that they believe the incident is criminal and not a terror attack. By 9 pm Tuesday night, with the car still in flames they said they are not yet able to determine the identity of the men and if they are known to police from other investigations.
They added that it is also too soon to say if they were targets of an underworld hit or if they were carrying the explosive and it went off early, typically called a “work accident” by police.
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