Grenade thrown at Petah Tikva shop wounds 5

Amid slew of underworld assassinations, unknown assailants throw grenade at shop next to busy outdoor market.

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February 25, 2014 13:24
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Petah Tikva grenade

Petah Tikva grenade attack. (photo credit: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE)

 
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Five bystanders were lightly wounded by shrapnel on Tuesday when an unidentified motorcyclist threw a grenade at a currency change store in Petah Tikva.

The blast happened at midday, a few dozen meters from the shuk, where hundreds of people were shopping. It shook surrounding businesses and left shattered glass and blood on the pavement outside the currency exchange establishment.

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The business belongs to a local target of Central District detectives, and police said the attack was the latest in a bloody business feud between rival change store owners in the city.

Not long after the explosion, Central District head Asst.-Ch. Bruno Stein announced he had ordered increased police presence in Petah Tikva and had tasked the central investigative unit with determining who was behind the grenade attack.

“This was a grave incident and a serious escalation on the part of criminals, which we have no doubt deals a serious blow to the sense of security of civilians,” Stein said.

The attack was the latest in a series of bombings in the city recently. Early last Friday morning, a bomb exploded next to a car belonging to Deputy Mayor Uriel Boso (Shas), damaging the vehicle but injuring no one On February 3, two men were killed in a car bomb in the city, not far from the spot where on June 27, 2013, two men were gunned down in a drive-by shooting. On July 25, two men were killed by a car bomb at the Yarkonim junction, near Petah Tikva.

All of those attacks remain unsolved.

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