Man killed in Tel Aviv car explosion

A white Hummer burns after an explosion went off inside it in northeastern Tel Aviv on March 13, 2016. (Israel Police)

One person was killed when a car exploded in northeastern Tel Aviv on Sunday morning, police said.

The identity of the victim was not immediately released, but police said he was a 50-year-old resident of Tel Aviv.

The incident appeared not to be a terror attack, the police said.

The car, a white Hummer, went up in flames on the corner of Devora HaNeviah and Moshe Sneh streets in the Ramot Tzahala neighborhood.

A police sapper, who happened to be nearby, pulled the victim out of the flaming wreckage, police said.

A Magen David Adom rescue service ambulance took the 50-year-old man to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, a spokesperson for the police said.

In January, three people were injured, two of them seriously, when a car exploded and burst into flames in a Tel Aviv suburb in a suspected underworld hit attempt.

The injured included Ben Cohen, a senior figure in the crime organization headed by Amir Mulner, as well as his personal security guard. Two passersby were also lightly hurt in the blast, which rocked roads near the adjacent Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


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