Wednesday 17 January 2018

Jerusalem bomb blast injures 25

Rescue workers and paramedics following an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Rescue workers and paramedics following an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

At least 25 people have been injured in a bomb blast at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem, apparently the first militant attack in the city in years.

The blast could be heard throughout Jerusalem and blew out the windows of two crowded buses.

Israel's national rescue service said 25 people were injured, including 15 seriously.

Meir Hagid, one of the bus drivers, said he heard a loud explosion as he drove by the site, near the main entrance to Jerusalem and its central bus station.

"I heard the explosion in the bus stop," he said. He halted his vehicle and people got off. He said nobody in his bus was hurt.

Jerusalem suffered dozens of suicide bombings that targeted buses and restaurants during the second Palestinian uprising last decade.

But the attacks have halted in recent years and Jerusalem last experienced a suicide bombing in 2004.

The bombing came amid rising tensions between Israel and the Hamas militant group, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks in recent years.

Press Association

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