Explosions at bus stops in Jerusalem leave one teenager dead and at least 14 injured
Explosions rocked two bus stops in Jerusalem as Israelis commuted during rush hour Wednesday morning, leaving a teenager dead and at least 14 people injured.
A 16-year-old boy killed in one of the explosions has been identified as Aryeh Shechopek, a Canadian citizen.
“Heartbroken to confirm that a young Canadian lost his life in this morning’s reprehensible terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” Canadian Ambassador to Israel Lisa Stadelbauer tweeted. “Our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to the others injured in this attack. Canada continues to condemn all forms of terror.”
The first blast occurred shortly after 7am local time at a busy bus station. Israeli police suspect that a bag of explosives was detonated remotely. Another explosion hit a second bus stop minutes later, injuring two.
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“The U.S. Embassy condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks against public places in Jerusalem and offers its sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones,” the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem tweeted. “We are following the situation closely. Terrorism is a dead end that achieves absolutely nothing.”
US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides called the blasts “cowardly terrorist attacks” in a statement posted on Twitter.
“My heart breaks for the families of the injured,” he added.
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Police continue to investigate and were looking for additional explosive devices in Jerusalem as the city’s alert level was raised.
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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid conducted a security assessment along with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and other officials. Incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the injured victims at a local hospital.
Yonat Frilling and Karen Liel of Fox News contributed to this report.