Skip to main content

Passengers evacuated 'just in time' before Israel bus bomb

From Michael Schwartz, CNN
updated 11:05 AM EST, Sun December 22, 2013
Police officers inspect the scene of an explosion inside a bus on December 22 in Israel.
Police officers inspect the scene of an explosion inside a bus on December 22 in Israel.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Someone noticed a suspicious bag on the bus, authorities say
  • Passengers were evacuated "just in time," police spokesman says
  • The blast came as an expert dismantled the device
  • It seems to be a terrorist attack, prime minister's spokesman says

Jerusalem (CNN) -- A bomb exploded on a public bus in Israel on Sunday, moments after passengers evacuated.

Someone spotted a suspicious bag and reported it to the driver, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

"The passengers were immediately taken off the bus," he said, and made it out safely "just in time."

The bomb detonated while an expert was examining the bag. He was shaken, Rosenfeld said, but not injured seriously.

A photo Rosenfeld posted on Twitter showed windows blown out on the bus and shattered glass on the ground.

"It seems that the bomb that exploded on a public bus near Tel Aviv was indeed a terrorist attack," Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Twitter.

Police are searching the area for suspects, Rosenfeld said.

According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the last bus bombing in the country was in November 2012 and wounded 21 people.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:39 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Tethered to an IV drip, 71-year-old Shin Young Ja lies under a thin fleece blanket, nursing a broken back and wracked with survivor's guilt.
updated 5:16 AM EDT, Mon April 21, 2014
The Vice-Principal of Danwon High School was rescued from sinking ferry last week. Two days later he took his own life, wracked with survivor's guilt.
updated 7:23 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Family members of the missing passengers are pinning slim hopes on floundering air pockets.
updated 2:29 AM EDT, Mon April 21, 2014
The world's most memorable accommodations don't always come with five stars. Sewer pipe hotel, anyone?
updated 10:01 PM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Love eating? Money? Appreciate efficient population density? HK might be the city for you.
updated 12:14 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
An Iranian mother slaps and then forgives her 17-year old son's murderer in dramatic scenes at the gallows.
updated 9:32 AM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Prince George takes a special interest in an Australian animal on a zoo trip.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
An "extraordinary" video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Mon April 14, 2014
Explore each side's case, reconstructed from Pistorius' court affidavit and the prosecution's case during last year's bail hearing.
updated 8:37 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
Mentions of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests or political reform are still censored in China.
updated 5:34 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
The Hadza are one of the last communities of hunter-gatherers in the world -- but losing their land.
updated 9:22 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
In choosing to change a traditional practice, Francis is being as radical as Jesus was in his own time.
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Too weak. Can't handle pressure. Unattractive to sponsors. Susie Wolff has heard it all.
updated 8:14 PM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Browse through images you don't always see on news reports from CNN teams around the world.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet roughly the size of Earth that could be habitable.
updated 5:40 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from a neighboring country.
ADVERTISEMENT