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Wednesday
Mar232011

Explosion Near Bus Stop in Jerusalem Leaves Dozens Injured, Kills One

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- An explosion in Jerusalem Wednesday torched a city bus and left dozens of people injured and killed one, according to witnesses.

The blast took place opposite the central bus station near the entrance to the city.  The explosion is believed to have derived from a bomb inside the bus, and it appears a kilo of explosives with shrapnel was detonated by remote control.

Ambulances and emergency personnel are on scene clearing out the wounded, and officials have cordoned off the area.

Wednesday's blast is the first attack of its kind since 2004, when a bus last blew up in Jerusalem and attacks involving Israeli buses were a hallmark of the last intifada.

The explosion also comes at a time of rising tension between the Israelis and Hamas.  Earlier in the day, mortars and rockets were fired at Be'er Sheva and the Israeli Air Force struck back with an attack on Gaza.  In recent days, Israel has threatened to launch a new military offensive.

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