– A teenager was killed and at least 14 others injured in two separate explosions in Jerusalem early Wednesday.
Police referred to the blasts as “a combined terrorist attack” and identified the fatality as a 16-year-old Canadian citizen who was a student at a Yeshiva (Jewish seminary) in Jerusalem who succumbed to his injuries in hospital shortly after the attack. attack. burst.
The explosions were caused by explosive devices, police said in a statement. One was fired at a bus stop near the entrance to the city, a busy place where dozens of commuters waited for buses in the morning hours. The other occurred less than an hour later at a bus station in Ramot, a settlement neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Eli Bin, director general of Israel‘s Magen David Adom emergency medical service, told reporters that at least 14 others were injured, some of them in serious condition.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid held a security assessment meeting with senior security officials, his office said in a statement.
State-owned Kan TV reported that police suspected the devices were activated via mobile phones.
Police chief Kobi Shabtai told reporters at the scene that the devices were possibly planted by two or more assailants.
“This is a complex event with characteristics that we have not seen for many years,” Shabtai said, referring to a wave of bombing attacks by Palestinian militants that rocked Israeli cities during 1993-2009.
Shabtai said police forces were scanning bus stops and buses across the city for possible additional explosive devices and urged citizens to be alert for suspicious packages.
The attacks came as Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was holding talks to form a new coalition government after far-right allies of his Likud party won parliamentary elections.
In the 1967 Middle East war, Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, all claimed by the Palestinians, and has controlled or blockaded these areas ever since. ■