Jerusalem bus bomb injures 20

Jerusalem bus bomb injures 20

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A bomb explosion on a bus during yesterday evening’s rush hour in south Jerusalem wounded more than 20 people.

Two casualties were taken to hospital in a serious condition following the blast, near the Hebron Road.

Bomb disposal experts determined that a device exploded in the back half of the bus, according to a police statement.

Many of the injured were on the bus but others were in a passing car. The car caught fire along with a second bus that was empty.

The head of the emergency department at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center told Israeli Army Radio that some of the injuries were caused by flying metal nails and nuts.

A police spokesman told Israeli Channel 2 television that investigators were still trying to determine who had planted the bomb.

He declined to confirm reports that one of the two people in a serious condition was not carrying any identification papers and was considered a suspect, the BBC reported.

In an update to its travel advice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said: “If you’re travelling in the area, take extra care and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

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