State witness against key underworld figures dies in alleged gangland hit

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January 23, 2015 21:18

 
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A state witness in a case against one of Israel's most prominent organized crime figures was killed Friday evening in a car bomb in Hod Hasharon.

The man's 17-year-old daughter was also in the car and was lightly injured in the blast, which occurred next to the city's train station and was described by witnesses as sounding like a rocket strike.

Magen David Adom paramedics said they found the man lying on the road in critical condition next to his car, which was engulfed in flames. They said his teenage daughter had been sitting next to him in the car but was somehow only suffering from light injuries caused by the shock wave of the blast. They added that the shock wave was strong enough to set off the airbags in a vehicle driving behind the car.

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