TEL AVIV—Two explosions near bus stops in Jerusalem early Wednesday killed at least one person and injured 26 others, according to Israeli police and medical officials, the first bombing in Jerusalem since 2016 in what security officials suspect was an organized terrorist attack.
One of the explosions occurred near a bus stop located at the entrance to the city in Givat Shaul at around 7 a.m. local time, and a half-hour later a second explosion occurred near a bus stop at a separate entrance to the city located at Ramot Junction.
No group has taken responsibility for the attacks so far.
“This event is different from what we have seen in recent years. An extensive intelligence effort is now under way that will lead us to find these heinous terrorists, those behind them, and those who provided them with weapons,” said Israeli Prime Minister
The Israeli Prime Minister’s office identified the victim as 15-year-old Aryeh Schupak, a dual Israeli-Canadian citizen, who was a student in a religious seminary in the city. Israeli officials earlier said he was 16-years-old and misspelled his last name. At least three other victims were considered seriously injured by the bombings.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides confirmed in a tweet that two individuals injured by the bombings were U.S. citizens.
The twin explosions come amid a sustained period of unrest between Israeli security forces and Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank, in one of the bloodiest years of the conflict in well over a decade. Tensions between Palestinians in the West Bank and Israeli security forces have at times spilled over into Jerusalem.
Israeli Deputy Police Commissioner Sigal Bar Zvi said the two bombs used “appeared to be of high quality and powerful” as well “professional and intended to exact heavy…