A policeman was lightly hurt in an explosion today on a bus in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, as sappers were working to defuse a bomb in a bag. The dozen passengers on bus no. 240 had been evacuated by the bus driver beforehand, when it became clear that an unclaimed bag with visible wires was a possible danger.
“After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack,” police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said, according to Ynet.
The police officer was taken to Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, following the explosion on the bus, which had been making its way from Bat Yam to Bnei Brak. The bus had stopped at the junction of Mivtza Sinai and Katznelson streets when the blast took place.
Itzik Ben Aharon, director of the Magen David Adom rescue service for the Ayalon district: “At 14:35 we received a call that there had been an explosion on a bus, and we immediately jumped into the ambulances. When we arrived, we found one person with light injuries, who was suffering from ringing in his ears. We treated him and sent him to Wolfson.”
Ynet reported that the driver, Michael Yagur, quickly realized that the large, black knapsack could contain a bomb.
The spokesperson for the Dan Bus Company, Eitan Fiksman, said one of the 12 passengers on the bus alerted the driver that there was a suspicious object on the bus.
“The passenger opened the knapsack and saw wires. The driver stopped, called the police and told the passengers to get off.”