One Wounded in Criminal Car Explosion in Central Israel

Attack comes after assassination of Shai Shirazi, the son of a major crime boss.

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
These scene of a criminally motivated car explosion in Or Yehuda on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
These scene of a criminally motivated car explosion in Or Yehuda on Sunday, May 15, 2016.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

A 37-year-old man suffered light to moderate wounds in a car explosion Sunday in Or Yehuda. He was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Police say it was a criminally motivated attack and the victim had racked up gambling debts and owed money to gray-market lenders.

The attack comes a week after Shai Shirazi, the son of crime boss Rico Shirazi, was shot to death in his car in Tel Aviv.

Police fear the death of Shirazi may ignite a new war among crime organizations, as the Shirazi family looks to avenge a killing that has dealt a tough blow to one of the country's main crime groups.

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