Car Blast Kills Man in Tel Aviv in Suspected Gangland Incident

Blast goes off in a vehicle parked on La Guardia Street, in south Tel Aviv, Magen David Adom paramedics say.

Scene of the car blast in Tel Aviv, October 16, 2016.
Moti Milrod

An explosive went off on Friday in a car parked in south Tel Aviv, killing one man, Magen David Adom paramedics said.

Police said the blast was most likely a criminal incident. 

The blast occurred in a lot on La Guardia Street shortly after 5 P.M. local time, and paramedics said they found a body at the scene. 

Paramedic Dudu Suissa said they found the body of a man inside the vehicle, "with multiple injuries and no sign of life. We pronounced him dead at the scene."

The timing of the blast while all businesses were already shut for the eve of the Sukkot Holiday suggests the explosion may have been a criminal incident, rather than a terrorist attack.

Scene of the car blast in Tel Aviv, October 16, 2016.
Moti Milrod

In other recent violence attributed to criminal motives, a man of 57 was injured in July, in a car bombing on Mapu Street in Jerusalem, near the Dan Panorama Hotel. Police suspected a bomb was attached to the vehicle.

In March a criminal was killed in a car bombing in north Tel Aviv. The victim had testified against a criminal gang tying the head of a crime organization with the 2012 murders of two other criminals. In January three people were injured, two of them seriously, in a vehicle explosion in Tel Aviv,  described by police as a criminal incident.