Car bomb wounds Rehovot man in alleged underworld attack

Police describe attack as a criminal assassination attempt.

Rehovot 248.88 (photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Rehovot 248.88
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
A powerful blast shook Rehovot in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when a bomb planted on a van exploded, seriously wounding its 25-year-old driver.Police have described the attack as a criminal assassination attempt. The wounded driver was rushed to Rehovot's Kaplan hospital in serious condition, suffering from wounds to his limbs. His van was demolished in the explosion.Police suspect that a large bomb was planted underneath the vehicle and may have been set off via remote control.The police's Central District Central Unit, headed by Asst.-Cmdr. Avi Noiman, has been tasked with leading the investigation.According to Central District Police chief Cmdr. Nissim Moor, the driver had a previous criminal record. "We are attempting to catch the culprits," he added.A criminal feud centering on Rehovot's wholesale market, involving market stall owners and based on a dispute over protection money and the placement of security guards, appears to form the background of the bombing."Why don't the authorities tackle crime like [former New York mayor Rudolph] Giuliani did?" a local man asked."It's gotten to be like Chicago here," a woman added.