- Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
An explosion aboard a bus in Jerusalem caused around 20 casualties on Monday, Israeli media said.
Police are investigating whether the explosion was terror-related or the result of a technical malfunction. Reuters’ Israel and Palestine reporter Dan Williams said on Twitter, however, that Jerusalem’s police chief confirmed the blast was caused by an explosive device.
Brachie Sprung, the spokeswoman for Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat, also told Reuters that “it was small, but it was definitely a bomb.”
The bus was reportedly empty when it exploded, but many people on an adjacent bus apparently suffered burns in the explosion. A local hospital said that the victims also suffered injuries from nails and screws, suggesting that a bomb exploded.
Israeli media said a man who was seriously injured and not carrying any identification papers was under investigation on suspicion he was responsible.
Television images showed smoke billowing from a burned-out bus on Derech Hebron, in southwest Jerusalem. No one was reported killed in the incident.
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Suicide bombings on Israeli buses were a hallmark of the Palestinian revolt of 2000-2005 but have been rare since. A bomb left by an Israeli Arab aboard a Tel Aviv bus during the 2012 Gaza war caused injuries but no deaths.