One Killed in Jaffa Car Bomb

Event likely linked to another murder that took place a few days earlier, Tel Aviv police chief says.

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Image from a gangland car bomb in Tel Aviv in February 2013. Tomer Appelbaum

One person was killed and a second wounded when a car bomb went off on a Jaffa street on Thursday afternoon. One person was hurt. 

Bentzi Sao, chief of the Tel Aviv district police, said that in the police's estimate, the event is linked to another murder that took place a few days ago in Jaffa.

"All the facts point towards this being the second murder in the space of several days," said Sao, who stressed that major resources are being directed toward the investigation.

"The murder is serious in itself, but is made even more so since the use of explosives endangers citizens. We want this to be an area where normative lives can be lived," said Sao.

Previous shootings

In February, gunmen opened fire on a car driving by a busy tourism center Tel Aviv. The driver of the car, Tha’ar Lala, 26, was killed on the spot. Lala, a Jaffa resident, had a long criminal record, including an arrest on murder suspicions, and convictions for violence, breaking and entering, and car theft.

The shooting occurred when Lala was driving north along the beach across from Hatachana, a bustling complex of stores and restaurants. He was overtaken by two men on a motorcycle who shot him numerous times through the window of his vehicle. He sustained serious wounds to his upper body and died on the spot.

In January, a 32-year-old resident of Jaffa was shot dead at close range by two gunmen on motorcycles, in an apparent gang-related crawl.

The victim's brother was killed a year earlier in a similar fashion, as part of the same dispute.