Two explosions shook Jerusalem early Wednesday, killing a teen and injuring more than a dozen others in a suspected “combined terror attack,” a spokesman for Israel Police and the teen’s family said.
The first explosion occurred at 7:06 a.m. at a bus station at the entrance to Jerusalem, injuring at least 11 people, including the teenager who later died, the spokesman said.
After a second explosion nearly half an hour later at the city’s Ramot interchange, at 7:30 a.m., three people were evacuated with minor injuries, police added.
Initial investigations indicated that explosives had been placed at both blast sites and suspects are being sought, the police spokesperson said.
The person killed was a 16-year-old named Aryeh Shechopek, his family told local media. Shechopek was a student at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school, and lived in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, the family said.
At the scene of the first blast, images of debris strewn on the ground and a parked bus with holes in the windshield were seen. Metal railings around the bus stop were also damaged and the area was cordoned off.
Two paramedics from Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross, said that when they arrived at the bus station, they found two seriously injured people lying on the ground.
“We were at the MDA station at the entrance to the city when we heard a big explosion,” they said. “We immediately went to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, MICUs (mobile intensive care units) and medical bicycles.”
“There were two seriously injured people nearby, a 16-year-old in the bus stop and a 45-year-old on the sidewalk.”
The US Embassy in Jerusalem condemned in “the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks on public locations” in a post on Twitter.
“Terrorism is a dead end that accomplishes absolutely nothing,” the embassy wrote.