Breaking: Terror on a Jerusalem bus - Liveblog - Pictures now included
This is now a liveblog.
UPDATE 6:01 PM
There was an explosion on an Egged bus in Jerusalem. The police say it's a terror attack. Ten people (at least) are injured with varying degrees of injury.
UPDATE 6:04 PM
Bus going up in flames. Happened on the corner of Brown Street in Talpiyot near Pat intersection. TWO buses going up in flames.
UPDATE 6:06 PM
Israel Radio reporting 15 people taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital.
UPDATE 6:08 PM
Two seriously wounded, four moderately, two lightly, rest unclassified.
Tweets with pictures embedded below.
BREAKING: Massive explosion has struck a bus in Jerusalem, dozens injured, possible bombing. pic.twitter.com/AbRldoYfCB— Israel News Flash (@ILNewsFlash) April 18, 2016
Explosion was in an empty bus and nearby bus was hit. May NOT have been terror attack. Bus that was hit was bus number 12.אירוע באוטובוס בירושלים; צוותים של מד"א בדרך למקום pic.twitter.com/ityNsjN9Ja— חדשות 2 (@Channel2News) April 18, 2016
UPDATE 6:16 PM
It's Baram Street, not Brown. I am embedding a map below.
The radio is now reporting that it is likely a terror attack.
UPDATE 6:33 PM
Israel Radio is experiencing technical difficulties and cannot be heard in Jerusalem right now.
In the meantime, it appears increasingly likely that the explosion in an empty bus was NOT a terror attack. If so, that would be a great relief.
All victims on #Jerusalem bus are burn victims- no signs any blast or shrapnel wounds, as is usually seen from bombing attack.— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) April 18, 2016
UPDATE 6:37 PM
Here's the most comprehensive summary I've seen thus far:
At least 15 people were injured in a posible bus bombing in Jerusalem Monday afternoon.
Initial reports indicated the number 12 bus exploded as it was passing near the Talpiot neighborhood in the southern end of the capital.
Police said the bus was empty at the time and it was not clear if the incident was a terror attack.
“The injuries were from people on an adjacent bus,” police said in a tweet.
“All avenues of investigation being followed,” a police spokesperson said.
Pictures from the scene showed a city bus engulfed in flames and a second intercity bus nearby also on fire on the busy Moshe Baram street.
The street separates Talpiot from the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa and is near the seam between the capital’s eastern and western sides.
A plume of smoke could be seen for miles around the capital.
The explosion came hours after Israel revealed it had uncovered and “neutralized” a tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
UPDATE 7:05 PM
Jerusalem police say it's still too soon to say....
Israel Police spokesperson: Too early to say whether #Jerusalem blast was terror attack https://t.co/cvbpVKNC4I pic.twitter.com/WY57fnD7Zb— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) April 18, 2016