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Car bomb 'targets Ukrainian Jewish community leader'

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Ukrainian businessman and president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, Vadim Rabinovich, said Monday he had been targeted by a car bombing in central Kiev.

"On Monday at around 15:36 (13:36 GMT) an attempt was made on the life of Vadim Rabinovich," the website of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress said.

The website said that "an explosive device was thrown" into Rabinovich's moving car as it drew out from an office courtyard, causing windows to smash in nearby buildings. It was unclear whether the 59-year-old was in the car at the time.

Kiev police confirmed in a statement that an explosion "of an unknown object" had caused minor damage to a car, injuring none, without naming the businessman.

Rabinovich was interviewed by police over the incident, the Interfax news agency reported.

Ukraine has one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, counting several hundreds of thousands, and anti-semitic attacks are not uncommon.

Rabinovich said in January he had received threats from a "highly placed official" demanding that he cede control of a small satellite channel that he co-founded, called Jewish News One.

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