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April 13, 2021
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Jerusalem Bus Explosion

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By Meleasie Goviro – EMTV International

An explosion blew up a bus in Jerusalem earlier this week, set a second bus on fire and wounded 21 people.

Police said investigations are still underway to confirm whether the explosion is a militant attack, or if it’stemmed from a technical fault.

Meanwhile, Israeli media said there were possible suspects among the causalities from the explosion.

Police initially said they were looking at the possibility that a technical fault caused the fire in Derech Hebron, an area in south-west Jerusalem close to the boundary with the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli mayor in Jerusalem said she was certain the explosion was a detonation.

“Heightened security is continuing in and around in Jerusalem and we are still continuing the investigation in order to determine if it was a terrorist attack or not. There is still two people injured in the hospital that we want to question, they are still receiving medical treatment and at the moment, heightened security is continuing across Jerusalem with police patrolling different areas to prevent and respond to any possible incidents or terrorist attacks.”

Israel’s Prime Minister on the other hand, believes that the explosion may possibly be linked to the six-month-old wave of Palestinian street violence.

“We will locate those who prepared this terrorist bomb. We will reach those who dispatched them, we will also reach those who stand behind them. We will settle this goal with these terrorists. We are in a protracted struggle against terror – knife terror, shooting terror, bomb terror and also tunnel terror.”

Although suicide bombings on Israeli buses were common traits of the Palestinian revolt of 2000-2005, none of the Palestinian factions have laid claims for the blast. 

Israeli Police refused to accuse anyone directly, saying only that two of the suspects were yet to be identified.

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