21 wounded in Jerusalem bus bomb attack
21 victims were wounded in a terror attack on Monday according to initial reports, targeting a bus in the Pat Junction region of southern central Jerusalem.
Reportedly the attack involved a bombing.
Magen David Adom paramedics were treating some 16 wounded, among them two in serious condition and six in moderate condition and seven lightly wounded. The wounded were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and the Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in the capital.
According to witnesses a large explosion rocked the bus and then it was left burning due to the blast.
Jerusalem Fire Department teams rushed to the scene to put out fires on two buses and one private vehicle, which were likely set ablaze by the explosion on one of the buses. One of the buses was empty of passengers.
Jerusalem district police confirmed that the 12 line bus was targeted, and initially said it was hit by an explosive or suicide bomber who detonated inside the bus.
Police later announced they have not yet completely determined that the incident was a terror attack; in the incident a bus empty of passengers apparently exploded and an adjacent bus with passengers on board as well as a private car took the impact, with the injuries occurring on the second bus.
Hadassah’s Ein Karem hospital received eight of the wounded, including a 28-year-old woman in serious condition, three wounded in moderate condition (a 25-year-old man, a 40-year-old man, and a 30-year-old woman), and four lightly wounded, all in their 40s.
Shaare Zedek received eight of the wounded as well, including a 30-year-old man in serious condition suffering from injuries to his lower body, three in moderate condition (a 50-year-old woman, a young man, and a 16-year-old teenager) and four lightly wounded (a 48-year-old woman, a 45-year-old man, a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy).
MDA spokesman Zaki Heller said that when paramedics arrived at the scene, all of the wounded were outside the bus and none were found inside after the fire had been put out.
Prof. Avraham Rivkind, the head of the Shock Unit at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, said some of the injuries were in line with injuries from past terror bombings in Jerusalem. “There are penetration wounds. We saw in imaging and we pulled out a nail and nuts,” he said.
UPDATE – TERROR ATTACK CONFIRMED: Police confirm bus explosion was caused by an explosive device placed by an Arab terrorist and that the terrorist is probably the person in critical condition.
More to follow.