Police suspect criminal motive in Tel Aviv car blast

JERUSALEM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A car exploded near a bus in Tel Aviv on Thursday, injuring several people in what police suspect was an attempt to kill an alleged criminal kingpin.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "the main direction of suspicion is it was criminal". Israel Radio said the car belonged to the head of an alleged organised crime family.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said several people were injured in the blast on Menachem Begin Street, a main thoroughfare. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)