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Security forces probe bombing that seriously wounded man in northern Israel

The 21-year-old victim, who was wounded while driving along the Route 65 highway, was taken for treatment to the Emek Medical Center in Afula.

Israeli soldiers patrol along the border with Lebanon, March 15, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.
Israeli soldiers patrol along the border with Lebanon, March 15, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli security forces have launched an investigation into an explosion in northern Israel on Monday that seriously wounded a man driving along the Route 65 highway at the Megiddo Junction.

Shareef ad-Din, from the Arab town of Salem, was wounded when an explosive device detonated at around 6 a.m. in an apparent roadside bombing.

A preliminary police investigation found that the bomb was placed behind a barrier on the side of the road.

The 21-year-old victim was taken in serious condition to the Emek Medical Center in Afula.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) opened a probe into the incident to determine whether the bombing was an act of terrorism or criminal in nature.

On Thursday, an explosive device that had been planted on a bus failed to detonate in Beitar Illit, a haredi enclave of more than 9,000 families about 12 miles southwest of Jerusalem in the Gush Etzion bloc.

The attempted attack came shortly after three people were wounded in a terrorist shooting on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.

In November, Israelis Tedsha Tashuma, a 50-year-old father of six, and Canadian-Israeli Aryeh Shechopek, 16, were killed in ISIS-inspired twin bombings in Jerusalem carried out by Palestinian Eslam Froukh.

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