Jerusalem police on Wednesday thwarted the attempted assassination of a leading underworld figure, police said.
The police caught two Israeli criminals as they were placing a bomb under the vehicle of the would-be victim when it was parked in the city's Mea Shearim neighborhood, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
The two Jewish men, who are suspected of being active in the underworld, were brought to a Jerusalem court Wednesday for a remand hearing.
Three other suspected leading city underworld figures were arrested Wednesday morning in the wake of the foiled attack, the police said.
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