Israel Police on High Alert in Wake of Deadly Jerusalem Bombing

Police announced that they will move to level-three operational activity, the highest level of alert, and will be out in full force in the coming days throughout the country.

Israel Police went on high alert across the country Wednesday, following a terror attack in central Jerusalem earlier in the day in which one woman was killed and more than 30 people were wounded.

Police throughout Israel were moved to level 3 operational activity - the highest level of alert - after a bomb exploded in front of the International Convention Center, in the first terror attack in the capital after a lull of almost three years.

Jerusalem Bomb March 23 2011
Israel rescue workers and paramedics treat a woman injured in the explosion in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 23, 2011.AP

The decision to place police officers on high alert was made by the Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and the head of Jerusalem police Aharon Franco.

They also decided to bolster the number of officers in the Jerusalem and southern districts, and the police will be out in full force in the coming days throughout Israel.
Cohen sought, however, to reassure the public in the wake of the attack, stating that Israel is "not returning to the era of terror attacks" and stressing that the police are prepared for all eventualities.