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Jerusalem Bus Bombing Signals New Wave of Attacks?


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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hold the perpetrators of Monday's terror attack in Jerusalem accountable. At least 20 people were injured and two city buses destroyed. The bombing represents another front facing Israelis during the current wave of terror attacks.

Moments after the explosion, police and emergency medical teams rushed to the scene of the attack. CBN News reported 100 yards or so from where a Jerusalem city bus exploded and set a second bus nearby on fire.

It took Jerusalem police time to determine exactly what happened.

"The facts are there was an explosive device that went off inside a bus and there are wounded people," Jerusalem Police Commissioner Yoram Halevy said. "There are many other subjects we need to investigate."

"I imagine that within half-an-hour, maybe more, we will be able to identify definitively who laid the device, who is behind it," he continued. "We are hearing all sorts of claims of responsibility by groups for this incident."

Monday's attack represents the first bus bombing in Jerusalem in more than 10 years. One of the last ones, marked by a memorial at the site, took place in 2004. At that time, Palestinian terrorists frequently targeted city buses. Israelis hope this latest attack won't be the beginning of another wave of terror attacks on those buses.

The attack also came as Israelis are preparing for the Feast of Passover.

Meanwhile, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip passed out candy to celebrate the bombing. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called it "a positive and important development of the intifada."

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Chris Mitchell

In a time where the world's attention is riveted on events in the Middle East, CBN viewers have come to appreciate Chris Mitchell's timely reports from this explosive region of the world. Chris brings a Biblical and prophetic perspective to these daily news events that shape our world. He first began reporting on the Middle East in the mid-1990s. Chris repeatedly traveled there to report on the religious and political issues facing Israel and the surrounding Arab states. One of his more significant reports focused on the emigration of persecuted Christians from the Middle East. In the past