At least one person was killed and 14 others wounded in twin explosions at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Israel police officials said that according to preliminary findings, the blasts were caused by explosive devices found at two sites near the exits of the city.
Police officers suspect the two explosions, which occurred about 30 minutes apart during rush hour traffic, were Palestinian terrorist attacks.
But so far no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
The first blast occurred at 7:00 a.m. GMT in Givat Shaul near the main entrance to Jerusalem, while the second blast occurred at 7:30 a.m. GMT at the Ramot junction. The Times of Israel,
Emergency services first cordoned off the blast site shortly after the explosion.
Police officers reportedly blocked a part of the main highway leading out of the city.
Pictures from the site of the first blast showed debris strewn across the pavements as ambulance sirens sounded. Another bus parked in Ramot bore shrapnel marks.
“It was a crazy explosion. There’s damage everywhere.’
“I saw people with wounds bleeding everywhere,” he told Israel Army Radio, which is operated by the country’s defense forces.
Health services said they had taken a dozen people to hospital after the first blast, two of them with serious injuries.
Police officials said three others were injured in the second blast. Shaare Zedek Medical Center said one of the injured died at the hospital.
Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said this The Times of Israel It was likely that two assailants were behind the bombings, which he said was an attack the country had not seen for many years.
He asked the public to be alert to suspicious looking packages.
Shabtai told the newspaper that Israeli authorities are examining the city for other possible devices.
The mid-week attacks on Jerusalem come as tensions between Israel and Palestine flare again after Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank killed 19 people.
Recent weeks have seen an increase in the number of Palestinian attacks.
At the same time, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding coalition talks following national elections and is expected to form Israel’s most far-right government ever.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /