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One person was killed and two more were seriously injured in an explosion at a Bat Yam garage that police suspect was a botched Mob hit.

An initial police investigation revealed that several youths arrived at the Bat Yam garage where cars are painted, and that the blast occurred shortly thereafter.

"We are investigating the possibility that three suspects entered the garage with an improvised explosive device, which subsequently caused the explosion that killed one of them and injured the other two," said Ayalon District Police Commander Yehuda Dahan.

Dahan added that a special investigative team has been created to probe the blast, as several of the people involved are suspected to have ties to the Israeli underworld.

At around 5:15 P.M., Holon and Bat Yam firefighters received reports of a large blaze at a garage in Bat Yam's industrial area.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene entered the burning building and evacuated the three victims. Two were taken to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon for treatment.