JERUSALEM, April 18 (UPI) — An explosion aboard a public bus in southeast Jerusalem on Monday injured at least 15 people.
Initial reports said at least two victims were seriously injured and one was hospitalized in critical condition. Police and personnel of the Israeli national aid organization Magen David Adom treated the injured, all of whom were near the bus, in a private car or on a nearby, second bus.
An explosion was heard before the bus was consumed by fire, but the second bus and the private car took much of the impact of the explosion.
At least three areas hospitals treated the wounded.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility thus far. Jerusalem district police confirmed the bus was targeted.
Police initially said either a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the bus, or it was struck by a thrown explosive.
The bus was an Egged public transportation bus on Line 12 in Jerusalem.