Car bomb kills mobster, wounds five

Yosi Afriat was mid-level debt collector for Abarjil crime family.

September 29, 2006 13:44


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One person was killed and five wounded - two moderately - after a car bomb exploded on the corner of Herzl and Hacarmel Streets in downtown Rishon Lezion on Friday. Three others were treated for shock. Police identified the victim as Yosi Afriat, a Ramle resident with a criminal record who served as a mid-level debt collector for the Abarjil crime family. Police said rivals had made previous attempts on Afriat's life in shooting attacks. Following the latest incident in a wave of similar bombings, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter ordered the police to prepare a report on the use of explosives by organized crime gangs. Dichter instructed Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi to "act with the highest priority and use all available means" to investigate the incident, saying the trend of criminals settling scores with bombs that endanger the public had to be "eradicated." Among those lightly wounded in the bombing were a ten-year-old boy and an infant. The wounded were either treated on the scene by Magen David Adom teams or evacuated for treatment.

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