Two people were killed in a car bombing in central Rishon Lezion on Thursday morning, in what police are saying is most likely a criminal incident.
It is still unclear if the two men were killed in an intentional hit, or if they were transporting a bomb that went off prematurely, what police typically refer to as "a work accident".
The bombing took place on Yekinton Street near the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court, where the Mazda was parked on the side of the road next to residential buildings.
Over the past two years there has been an ongoing gang war between the Abergil family and its rivals over control of criminal enterprises in the city, which has claimed the lives as several victims.
The hit is the latest of several car bombings in the Tel Aviv area in the past couple months, including one earlier this month in which brothers Shaul and Yaniv Peretz were wounded in south Tel Aviv’s Tel Kabir neighborhood.