Single Israeli Mother, 25, Critically Wounded by Car Bomb

Motive a mystery, police say; explosive had been attached to car and woman lost her leg as a result

Scene of car bombing in Yarka in northern Israel
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A 25-year-old woman from a Druze town in northern Israel was critically injured on Saturday when a bomb attached to her car detonated. She is currently sedated and on a respirator at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Police say the motive is yet unclear.

The explosion occurred close to midnight Sunday. The victim, from the town of Yarka, lost a leg and doctors are trying to save her other leg. The woman has no police record, and had not gone to the police to complain of any threats against her.

Yarka local council head Wahib Habish says the woman is a single mother. “She is raising a beautiful little girl. We have no idea what this is about. The police don’t have any idea either.”

Wajdi Hatar, a journalist who lives in Yarka, says it was a very powerful explosion that also damaged some nearby houses. A relative of the victim says the explosion occurred as she was driving home from her job at the Yarka mall, and that there no warning signs whatsoever that something like this was about to happen.

“We never imagined we’d be in a situation like this. We hope they’ll find whoever did this and that he’ll sit in jail for many years,” said the relative.

A public assembly was planned for 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Yarka local council building, with educators and clergy present, to condemn the violence.