At least 16 injured in Jerusalem bus explosion
A bus has exploded in Jerusalem, leaving around 16 casualties, Israeli media report, citing emergency medical services.
The massive explosion occurred in Hebron Way, west Jerusalem, with police citing “a militant attack” as the probable cause of the blast.
Multiple social media posts show smoke coming out of the burned-out bus, which is standing in the middle of the road.
Initial reports indicated there were 20 casualties. Now Jerusalem Post reports 16 people were injured in the blast, with two injured “seriously,” one “moderately,” and five “lightly.” The newspapers cite sources in the Magen David Adom emergency service.
Some of the injured were evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Others were taken to Hadassah Hospital nearby.
The bus was reportedly not carrying any passengers when it exploded, an Israel Police spokesperson said, as cited in the media. The casualties were apparently due to being close to the blast.
“When I arrived at the scene I saw two buses going up in flames and about 10 causalities among them, one who was mortally wounded and another in serious condition,” Mickey Cohen, head of the Jerusalem emergency response service, told Haaretz.
Jerusalem district police say the bus could have been blown up by an explosive device or targeted by a suicide bomber who detonated the device inside the bus, according to news outlet Arutz Sheva.
Eugenia Ugrinovich, a freelance journalist in Jerusalem, has told RT that the police confirmed “there was an explosive device at the back of the bus that caused [the] fire,” saying the casualties were suffering from injuries typical for an explosion.
She added that Jerusalem will be on high alert with security tightened in public places for days to come. The bus blast was the first since 2012, Ugrinovich said, adding that lone-wolf attacks like this are very difficult to prevent and will surely happen again in future.
the symbolism is strong here..who did it?