Two Men Injured in Ashdod Car Exploded on Saturday

Both men are known to the police, suggesting that the explosion was an assassination attempt linked to organized crime.

Magen David Adom emergency services (Courtesy)

Two men were injured on Saturday, one seriously, when they got into a car outside the Lev Ashdod shopping mall and it exploded, presumably after a bomb was planted in or on the vehicle.

Both victims were admitted to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. A 25-year-old man was in serious condition, with injuries to his limbs, while a 23-year-old man was in moderate condition.

Both men are known to the police, suggesting that the explosion was an assassination attempt linked to organized crime.

Sappers and other police experts said after surveying the scene that the explosion was deliberate and not what is sometimes called a “work accident.”

No one else was injured in the explosion, despite the proximity to the mall.

“The scene is complex, with pieces of the vehicle scattered around a large radius,” said Kelly Peretz, a Magen David Adom emergency service paramedic who was at the scene. “We removed two conscious victims from the vehicle, one a 25-year-old man in serious condition with serious injuries to his limbs and another, 23-year-old young man with an injury to his abdomen,” Peretz said.

In another incident later Saturday night, a concussion grenade was thrown on Ben-Gurion Boulevard in Kiryat Malakhi. No one was injured.

In April two people were injured in Ashdod when a grenade was thrown near their car. The 20-year-old driver was lightly injured in her leg and a 38-year-old man standing nearby was hurt by fragments. Witnesses reported seeing a motor scooter fleeing the scene.