Wednesday, November 21, 2012

At least 13 injured in Tel Aviv bus blast, police arrest 1 suspect

Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. (Nir Elias)
Tel Aviv, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bombing occurred on a bus on Wednesday morning in Israel's central city of Tel Aviv, injuring at least 13 people, police sources confirmed to Xinhua.

The police have arrested one suspect they believe is connected to the incident and are continuing their inspection in the premises.

Three of the injured people sustained moderate or serious wounds, while the others were slightly hurt. Earlier reports had said at least 15 were injured in the blast.

The improvised small bomb was thrown apparently through the back door of the bus from the street.

The wounded have been evacuated to the near-by Eichilov hospital.

Witnesses told Xinhua that the explosion was very loud and smoke was still seen billowing out of the bus. The police are interviewing the witnesses for their investigation.

The bombing took place on a busy boulevard, Shaul Hamelech, not far from the Defense Ministry headquarters and a major shopping center as well as office complex.

Security forces are trying to keep onlookers from thronging the area, fearing more hidden bombs being detonated.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident. However, according to several reports, the Hamas TV channel said a suicide bombing might occur within Israeli territory on Wednesday.

In the 1990's, Tel Aviv witnessed numerous suicide bombings on buses and in cafes.

2012-11-21 19:37:01
Editor: Fang Yang

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