Police set up roadblocks in search for J'lem bomber

Jerusalem police commander says forces still unsure of how bomb was set off; Jerusalem Marathon, city events likely to proceed as planned.

March 23, 2011 16:27
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Explosion on a central Jerusalem bus

jerusalem bus explosion 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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Police began to search for suspects shortly after a bomb exploded in a Jerusalem bus station on Wednesday, setting up roadblocks around the capital city.

In an interview with Channel 10 news, Jerusalem District Police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco said that police do not know how the bomb was set off, and there was no warning that a terror attack would occur.

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"We act like the city is threatened every day," Franco explained, "but this time we missed."

The explosive device, placed across from the Jerusalem International Conference Center weighed between one and two kilograms, and was packed with shrapnel. Over 25 people were injured.

"We will have to search for the perpetrators and stop future attacks," Franco said. "We will do everything to get them and return Jerusalem to its routine, and allow for all the activities planned in the coming days and months to proceed."

Franco added that he was not sure if the Jerusalem Marathon, which is scheduled to begin at the site of the bombing on Friday, will take place or not, but said it is likely to proceed.

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