The sport of car-burning in Slovakia as a way of settling vendettas has taken on a new dimension, as a car was blown up in the town of Martin this afternoon.
According to Pluska.sk, a loud explosion shook the streets of Martin when the BMW X3 of 30-year old local businessman Martin K became the latest case of what is likely debt-settling, but this time while he was in the car. Latest reports say he survived the attack, but his exact condition is not yet known.
These kinds of attacks are usually associated with someone being ripped off but who feel helpless to retaliate or use the ‘usual’ legal channels. Nevertheless, they are nothing short of terrorist attacks and should probably be treated that way. This time if the culprit is found he/she could be facing charges of attempted murder, or worse, depending on whether the victim recovers or not.
UPDATE: The man died shortly afterwards in hospital.