mercredi 23 mars 2011

Casualties in Jerusalem bus station blast

Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 13:52

Casualties reported in Jerusalem following an explosion in a Jewish neighbourhood near the city's central bus station.

An explosion near a bus in West Jerusalem has caused dozens of casualties, Israeli police said.

Scores of ambulances converged on the area near the central bus station and a city conference hall in a Jewish neighbourhood of downtown Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Initial reports said that around 20 people were injured in the attack although the exact number was not known.

Live television showed a bus with broken windows and bloodstains on the pavement. It did not appear from the television pictures that the explosion occurred inside the vehicle.

Bombings have been rare in Jerusalem in the past several years. Palestinians carried out dozens of bombings in the city at the height of an uprising that began in 2000.

Micky Rosenfeld, the foreign press spokesman for the Israel Police, said that a device in a bag that was left near the bus station exploded when the bus passed.

"This was not a suicide attack," Rosenfeld said.

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