One person dead, 21 injured after two explosions rock Jerusalem

Jerusalem: One person was killed and 21 others injured in two separate explosions at bus stops at the entrances to Jerusalem on Wednesday, in what seemed like a coordinated terror attack, Israeli police and rescue officials said.
The first explosion occurred close to the main entrance of Jerusalem in Givat Shaul, shortly after 7 AM when people were on the way to their offices and students to their educational institutions.
Seventeen people at the bus stop were injured in the blast, including two critically and two seriously, medical officials said.
One of the victims later died at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, hospital officials said.
A second blast occurred shortly after at 7:30 AM at Ramot junction, another entrance to Jerusalem, which is normally jam-packed in the morning. Four people were injured in the explosion.
The devices were packed with nails to maximise casualties and controlled by nearly identical remote devices, the police said in its initial response.
Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said that “this is a framework of attack that we haven’t seen for many years”.
He called on the public to be alert for suspicious packages and said officers were scanning the city for other possible devices.
It seemed like a coordinated terror attack, he said.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility, however, the Hamas terror group hailed the twin attacks.
“The action conveyed the message to the occupation by saying that our people will stand firm on their land and cling to the path of resistance,” Mohammad Hamada, a Hamas spokesperson said in a statement.
The main road leading to Jerusalem was closed as the police launched a massive search operation.
Public Security Minister Omer Barlev spoke with the police chief and was expected to visit the scenes of the attacks, his office said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.