A Romanian businessman died after his car exploded early Saturday. Investigators suspect he was assassinated, Romanian press reported.
Prosecutors have ruled out an accident, Mediafax reported and have started a murder investigation.
Ioan Crisan, a fish farmer, got into his Mercedes, in the western city of Arad after drinking a coffee nearby and started the engine.
It exploded immediately killing him outright, Pro-Tv reported.
The blast also damaged several cars in the parking lot and broke windows of apartment buildings.
„This morning around 7 o’clock, we got an emergency call about a car exploding in a supermarket car park, Arad police department said.
Police and a fire crew arrived on the scene to find a burning car and the dead man.
Local residents were interviewed. Nobody else was injured in the blast.
Hotnews said investigators suspect the businessman was assassinated, citing unnamed judicial sources. They have not said if the blast was caused by a car bomb.
The 66-year-old was a breeder of African catfish.
Romania’s Intelligence Service has so far ruled out a terrorist attack.
Chairman of the ruling Liberal Party Ludovic Orban said: “Romania has been spared attacks like this. We have institutions which defend public safety and from my point of view, it’s a safe country.”
Local media reported that shortly before the explosion, Ioan Crișan was seen drinking a coffee nearby.
A team of investigators from the capital Bucharest traveled to Arad, by helicopter, to take over the investigations in this case.
The chiefs of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police urgently dispatched the experts from National Institute of Forensics, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and the Directorate for Weapons, Explosives and Dangerous Substances,” to help the investigation.
Ioan Crişan owned a fish farm just outside Arad, Aradon.ro reported. The farm has 22 pools which contain tens of tons of fish. He also owned a number of crocodiles which he bred for their meat, press reports said.