Man in 20s killed in Afula car explosion

Blast caused by grenade planted in man's vehicle; police suspect attack was criminally-motivated; second woman lightly injured.

January 4, 2011 20:55
Man in 20s killed in Afula car explosion

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A man in his 20s was killed by an explosive device planted in a vehicle in Afula on Tuesday evening, in what police have described as a criminally-motivated attack. 

The blast rocked Afula's Rehov Kirshtein, near a post office, and caused critical injuries to the individual.

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He was rushed by ambulance to the Ha'emek hospital in Afula, where he died of his injuries soon afterward. 

A second woman who was in the area was lightly injured by shrapnel.

Local residents feared a terrorist attack had taken place. 

Large numbers of police were mobilized to the area and sealed off the blast site. The initial investigation was headed by Amakim police sub-district head Cmdr. Nissim Levi. 

"We stress that this is a criminal incident," police said. 

Police did not immediately release the name of the casualty.

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