Breaking: Bomb Explodes On Busy Roadway in Jerusalem

Reuters

A bomb exploded on a busy roadway in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing one person and causing some 30 injuries, and police blamed the blast on Palestinian militants.

It was the first such bombing in the city in seven years.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which Israeli police termed a Palestinian “suicide attack.”

Israeli authorities said the bomb was hidden in a suitcase near the bus stop, close to Jerusalem’s main conference hall and central bus terminal in the Jewish western part of the city.

While this is the first such bombing in seven years, there have been regular singled out attacks in Israel, one as recent as last week.

Ed Morrissey notes

Ironically, EMTs in Israel had just been planning a trip to Japan to help with the humanitarian crisis. That will get postponed now, as it appears another intifada may have already begun. That will certainly test the Egyptian military’s commitment to enforcing an arms ban and closed border.

More from CNN here

UPDATE: The Jerusalem Past now reports that 50 have been injured:

One woman died and 50 were injured after a bomb exploded at a bus station in central Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the explosion took place outside Egged bus number 74 at a station opposite the Jerusalem Conference Center (Binyanei Ha’uma) in the center of town.

Fifty people were injured in the attack. Three were injured seriously from the explosion itself, four moderately from shrapnel packed into the explosive device and the remainder were in moderate to light condition.

The 50 injured were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem, Hadassah Mount Scopus, Bikur Holim and Shaare Tzedek hospitals. All hospitals in the area were opened to receive casualties. One woman, aged 59, died from injuries sustained in the blast.

Police said that this was the first terrorist attack in four years that involved an explosion. Police were looking for one specific person who left the bag that contained the bomb.

We’ll update this post as the story develops.



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