Three dead in Israel blast: Police
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Last Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:41
Jerusalem: An explosion of unknown origin in the Israeli town of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, killed at least three people and injured others overnight, an Israeli police spokesman said.

"An explosion occurred in a four-storey building in Netanya, killing at least three people and injuring others," Micky Rosenfeld said.

"The origin of this explosion is not known for the time being and an inquiry has been opened," he added.

Israeli public radio reported that the injured numbered around 30, several in serious condition.

The radio said the powerful blast flattened a four-storey building on Independence Square in the town centre. There was a restaurant, the Yotvata, on the ground floor.

Residents were buried under the rubble and cranes were trying to get them out, witnesses told the radio station. One said there was a strong smell of gas hanging over the debris.

Dozens of ambulances were sent to the scene.

Israeli media said the police suspected a gas canister was behind the blast, but did not rule out the hypothesis of a criminal attack.

Netanya has a history of settling of scores by the Israeli underworld.


First Published: Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:41

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