Two explosions rocked Jerusalem early Wednesday morning, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others in a suspected “joint terror attack”, according to an Israeli police spokesperson.
The spokesman said that the first explosion occurred at a bus station near the entrance to Jerusalem at 7:06 am, injuring at least 11 people, including one who later died.
Police added that after a second explosion about half an hour later at the city’s Ramot junction at 7:30 a.m., three people with minor injuries were evacuated.
The police spokesman said that preliminary investigations indicated that explosive devices were placed at both sites of the explosion, and that searches were under way for the suspects.
At the site of the first explosion, images showed debris strewn on the ground and a parked bus with its windshield pierced. The metal fence surrounding the bus station was also damaged and the area was cordoned off.
Two paramedics from Magen David Adom, a branch of the Israeli Red Cross, said that when they got to the bus stop they found two seriously injured people lying on the ground.
They said, “We were at the Magen David Adom station at the entrance to the city when we heard a big explosion.” “We immediately went to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, mobile intensive care units and medical bikes.”
“Two seriously injured people were lying nearby, a 16-year-old at the bus stop and a 45-year-old on the sidewalk.”
The US Embassy in Jerusalem condemned “in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks on public spaces today” in a post on Twitter.
The embassy wrote: “Terrorism is a dead end that achieves nothing at all.”