By Ryan Jones
Large-scale terrorism returned to the streets of Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon when a powerful bomb was set off at a crowded bus stop near the downtown Central Bus Station.
Thirty-one people were wounded in the explosion, which destroyed the bus stop and seriously damaged two buses that were stopped nearby at the time. At least four people were listed in serious condition, and were rushed to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for emergency treatment.
Security officials said the bomb had been planted inside a paper bag at the base of a telephone booth next to the bus stop. They are still unsure how the bomb was set off - whether it was on a timer or was detonated by remote control - but one thing is clear: the terrorist managed to escape the scene.
Roadblocks were immediately set up around Jerusalem in an effort to capture the terrorist and any accomplices.
The bombing is the first large-scale terrorist attack to hit Jerusalem since the spate of bulldozer and car ramming attacks during the latter half of 2008.
New violence suggests end of calm between Israel and militant Palestinians - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
1 dead, 31 injured in bomb blast at Jerusalem bus stop - USA Today
'We can't tolerate attacks on Israelis in South, J'lem' - Jerusalem Post
U.S. Gates condemns "horrific" Jerusalem attack - Reuters
Iranian fingerprints on Jerusalem bombing? - WorldNetDaily (Aaron Klein)