Jerusalem Blast Kills 1, Injures 24

Bomb blows out windows of 2 buses
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2011 8:49 AM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2011 12:15 PM CDT
Bus Explodes in Jerusalem, Initial Reports Say at Least 25 Injured
Israel Rescue workers and paramedics clean a pool of blood at a bus stop in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Today's bombing in Jerusalem has killed one woman and injured at least 24 other people, the AP reports. Police blamed Palestinian militants. The explosion happened near the main entrance to the city about 3pm local time and blew out the windows on two crowded buses. The lone fatality so far is a 60-year-old woman, though at least three of the injured are in critical condition.

Haaretz adds that the blast was outside the International Convention Center and across from the central bus station. No claims of responsibility have been issued so far, though tensions have been rising between Israel and Hamas militants after two years of relative calm; Jerusalem's last suicide bombing was in 2004, notes the BBC. (More Jerusalem stories.)

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