The first explosion occurred around 7:05 am local time, near the bus station at the exit of the city. Half an hour later, another blast broke out at a bus station near Ramot Junction, just over two miles away. Both bus stops were full of students.
Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Canadian yeshiva student who lived in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, was killed in the first attack.
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Israeli emergency services, known as Magen David Adom, said four of the injured were in serious condition.
The Israeli police said the bombs at both sites were activated remotely by mobile phone. He said the explosives were bagged and contained nails and pieces of metal to maximize the force of the impact.
In the aftermath of the blasts, more than 5,000 Israeli security officials were deployed throughout Jerusalem, some searching other bus stops for additional explosives planted.
The incident recalled the Second Intifada of the early 2000s, when Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group, staged a wave of bombings across Israel.
“This is a complex combined attack in two arenas that appears to be the result of an organized infrastructure rather than a spontaneous act that we have known about in recent years,” Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev said Wednesday morning after touring the two blast sites.
The bombings are a departure from the lower technology, lone wolf-style attacks that Israel has grappled with in recent years. Since last spring, a series of Palestinian knife attacks, shootings and car rammings have put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli army conducts near-night raids, especially around the West Bank city of Jenin, where many of the attackers come from.
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On Tuesday evening, Palestinian gunmen took the body of Tiran Fero, an 18-year-old Israeli citizen from the Druze city of Daliyat al-Karmel, from a hospital in Jenin where he died in a car accident. Israel is in talks with the Palestinian Authority to return the body, Daliyat al-Karmel mayor Rafik Halabi told Israeli public broadcaster.
Adi Fero, Tiran’s uncle, told Kan that members of Islamic Jihad, a militant group with a large presence in Jenin, had kidnapped the body. He said Fero was a 12th-year high school student and not a soldier, as the attackers might have suspected.
Palestinian militants have abducted Israelis in the past to negotiate the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Last week, a Palestinian teenager carried out a combined knife and car ramming attack near the Ariel settlement in the West Bank, killing three Israelis.
Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in coalition negotiations to form the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, tweeted on Wednesday morning that he “prayed for calm for those injured in the combined terrorist attack in Jerusalem this morning and supported the security forces operating in the field.”
Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right politician set to become Israel’s Minister of Public Security, tweeted that the bombing “brings us back to the difficult period of the intifada. It’s time to take a firm hand against the terrorists, it’s time to bring order.”