JERUSALEM (VINnews) — One Israeli was murdered and 19 people injured in 2 separate explosions Wednesday morning. The first one occurred at a bus stop near the exit to Jerusalem. The explosive device was hidden in a bag which had been left at the bus stop, injuring eight people, two of them critically. One of the injured died of his wounds in hospital. A number of others people suffered panic attacks.
The dead person was later identified as 16-year-old Aryeh Shachopak of Har Nof, an American citizen. He was on his way to the Beit Meir yeshiva ketana with his friend Elchanan, who was also seriously injured. Please daven for Elchanan ben Livnat and Chaim Nachum ben Feiga Rivka.
A few moments later, another device exploded near the Ramot junction bus stop, lightly wounding three people. The bus stop, which is usually full of travellers at that time of day, was miraculously more empty after a number of buses had just departed with passengers.
Police placed roadblocks and raised the level of awareness, fearing more explosive devices hidden at other places. Police as well as special forces and Shin Bet operatives are also conducting a manhunt after the terrorists who apparently placed the booby-trapped devices and operated them remotely. Police say that both devices were from the same terrorist cell.
Initial details of the attack indicate that a suspect arrived at the bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem and placed an explosive device on the fence near the stop. A short time later the device exploded.
An eyewitness said that “I arrived at the bus stop and immediately afterwards my bus arrived. The moment I got on there was a crazy explosion and everyone ran away. I didn’t notice anything and just ran.”
Four seriously injured people were transferred to Shaarei Tzedek hospital, one later succumbing to their wounds. Hadassah hospital reported 6 injured patients, five of whom were in light condition and one in moderate condition. Three lightly injured people were in Hadassah Har Hatzofim from the Ramot junction explosion. The injured were suffering from blast wounds as well as various types of traumatic injuries.