TERROR ATTACK ON TEL AVIV BUS INJURES 23 PEOPLE

Jerusalem Post on November 21, 2012, reported that a bus had exploded on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street, of 23 injured, one seriously, one moderately wounded; police confirm explosion was a terror attack, are searching for additional suspects, explosives. Excerpts below:

Terrorists blew up a bus on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street around noon Wednesday.

A total of 23 people were injured the attack, according to police.

None were in a life threatening condition, though two have been taken into surgery, the hospital spokesperson said.

Police confirmed that the explosion was a terrorist attack, although said it did not appear to be a suicide bombing and thus police were searching the area for additional explosive devises.

Police arrested a suspect near the Ramat Gan diamond exchange, but he was later found not to be connected to the attack. Police believe at least one terrorist may still be at large in the area, armed with explosives.

Tel Aviv police had added additional officers in the city before this attack due to heightened state of alert in place in light of the IDF operation in Gaza and rocket attacks in recent days, Tel Aviv police chief Yoel Ohayon said at the scene of the terror attack.

While it appeared the bomb was left on the bus and not the result of a suicide bombing, Ohayon said that at this point in time, “it is very difficult to say exactly what happened.”

Palestinian media reports said the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took responsibility for the attack, although that was unconfirmed.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the bombing, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.

The attack came on the eighth day of IDF Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip, which has seen hundreds of rockets fired into Israel, including four in the Tel Aviv area.

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