Jerusalem Bus Terror Attack Probe Under Gag Order

The identity of the injured man whom police suspect of setting off the explosion is still unknown. He is suffering from severe injuries to his lower extremities.

Israeli security forces and emergency services gather around a burnt-out bus following an attack, Jerusalem, Israel, April 18, 2016.
Olivier Fitoussi

The Jerusalem District Court has imposed a gag order on details of the investigation into the attack on a Jerusalem bus on Monday, which injured 21 people.

One of the injured remains in very serious condition in the intensive care ward of Jerusalem’s Sha’arei Zedek Hospital and three people are still hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries in intensive care at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Three of the injured from the attack were released from Sha’arei Zedek on Tuesday.

The identity of the injured man whom police suspect of setting off the explosion is still unknown. He is suffering from severe injuries to his lower extremities.

Police investigators believe that the explosion was caused by a small bomb placed at the back of the bus. The bomb caused a huge fire that burned the entire bus and spread to an empty bus nearby, as well as a passing car.

The passengers were able to flee the burning bus, but most of them suffered burns.

Tuesday was relatively quiet in Jerusalem, with a Palestinian minor arrested in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur on suspicion of throwing stones. Three teens were arrested for throwing stones at the Jerusalem Light Rail near Shoafat, in northern Jerusalem, on Monday night.

The Jerusalem police have completed preparations for Passover and Orthodox Easter, with a beefed-up presence at locations where ceremonies will be held.