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Three killed in Tel Aviv blast probably linked to Israeli mafia

Three people were killed and scores of others wounded in an explosion in central Tel Aviv that the police suspected was the work of the Israeli underworld rather than Palestinian militants. It was initially feared Thursday that the blast could have been a new Palestinian suicide attack on a busy Tel Aviv street that would have shattered the longest lull in such bombings since the start of the intifada more than three years ago. But police spokesman Gil Kleiman told AFP: “Forty minutes into the investigation, we are treating it as a criminal act.” He refused to categorically rule out a militant operation, but added: “This is probably not a Palestinian attack but a criminal underworld killing.” The last Palestinian suicide attack in Israel was carried out by the hardline group Islamic Jihad in the northern city of Haifa on October 4, killing 21 people plus the bomber. Full Story

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