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Bomb thrown at car in Tel Aviv, injuring 7

Police in Israel believe a car bomb explosion in Tel Aviv was an assassination attempt against an alleged crime leader. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

A bomb exploded in a car next to a bus in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Thursday, causing injuries but no fatalities.

At least seven people were wounded by the explosion, which happened at the junction of Menachem Begin Street and Shaul Hamelech Street just after 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET).

A witness said a person riding a motorcycle threw the device at the car.

Romina Rothschild / EPA

Police begin to cordon off a street in Tel Aviv as a car burns following an explosion, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday.

Police officials believe the attack was a criminal act aimed at specific individuals rather than an act of terrorism.

Radio reports in Israel said the blast may have targeted a member of a well-known criminal family, who escaped injury.

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