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Bomb Kills Suspected Israeli Crime Boss


Israeli police say a car bomb in central Tel Aviv has killed the suspected leader of one of the country's top crime families.

Officials say they believe a rival crime family targeted Ya'akov Alperon Monday, in the attack. The blast also slightly wounded two bystanders, including a 13-year-old boy.

Media reports say Alperon was returning from a court hearing for his son, Dror, who is facing extortion charges. Witnesses say they heard a huge explosion, and some thought it was a terrorist attack.

In June, another car bomb in Tel Aviv killed one of Israel's top criminal lawyers, in what police said was a criminal, not a terrorist, act.

The lawyer, Yoram Haham, had represented several notorious mobsters during his career as a criminal lawyer.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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