At least 15 people were injured during an explosion aboard a bus in Jerusalem. After initial hesitation, police established that it was caused by a bomb.
Israeli police were initially unsure about the cause of the explosion, but according to the Reuters news agency managed to establish that it was caused by a bomb. Foreign press spokesman for the Israel Police, Chief Inspector Micky Rosenfeld, confirmed that the incident was caused by a bomb.
"A professional examination of police sappers has proven that a bomb exploded on the back part of the bus, resulting in the wounding of passengers and the burning of the bus. In addition, another bus and car were damaged." a police statement said.
Germany's DPA news agency reported that the bus that was hit by the explosion was largely empty, but a nearby bus caught fire, causing the majority of the injuries.
The bus reportedly went up in flames and was destroyed after the initial explosion. Television images showed smoke rising from a burned-out bus on Derech Hebron, in southwest Jerusalem, an area that is close to the West Bank.
Attacks on buses by suicide bombers were a hallmark of the Palestinian uprising in 2000-2005, but have been more rare since.
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ss/msh (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)