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Eyewitness 'saw package thrown at car before explosion'

by - Diplomatic Correspondent

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says that he believes the explosion is criminal but can not definitively rule out a political motive. Local media is quoting an eyewitness who says he saw a motorcyclist throw a package towards the car that exploded.

Assassination by bomb has become a favourite method for Israeli criminal gangs to settle disputes in recent years.

'Strong possibility' Tel Aviv explosion is criminal act

Israeli police have said that an explosion has gone off in a car in Tel Aviv but that there is a "strong possibility" it is a criminal act.

Associated Press report that police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he believed the explosion near a bus was criminally motivated, though he could not definitively rule out that it was political violence.

Rescue services spokesman Zaki Heller says preliminary reports from the scene indicated seven to 10 people were wounded in the explosion.

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US condemns 'outrageous' Tel Aviv bomb attack

The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured, and with the people of Israel.

These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous.

The United States will stand with our Israeli allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.

The United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.

– White House Press Secreatry
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