A car bomb exploded on a central Acre street on Monday morning wounding two people in an apparent assassination attempt on a local criminal. One man, who was known to the police, was moderately wounded, another was lightly wounded and four others were reported to be suffering from shock. Police, sappers and firefighters reached the scene shortly after an explosion was heard from a private vehicle. A Magen David Adom ambulance evacuated the wounded to Nahariya Hospital. According to police, had the incident taken place 10 meters from where the bomb exploded, there could have been fatalities. Witnesses said that a man escaped from the car several seconds before the explosion and immediately fled the scene. In May, a similar assassination attempt between rival gang members in Ramat Gan almost succeeded after a shoot-out in broad daylight left a police officer wounded and an assailant dead when members of the Lod-based Aberjil crime family tried to kill Nissim Alperon, brother of Ya'acov Alperon.