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Twin blasts in Jerusalem kill one, injure 18 in morning bus terminal attack

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TEL AVIV — One Israeli was killed and at least 18 others injured after explosions went off at two bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of the morning rush hour, in what Israeli security forces are treating as a “combined terror attack.”

The first explosion occurred around 7:05 a.m. local time, near a bus station at the exit of the city. Half an hour later, another explosion went off at a bus station near Ramot Junction, just over two miles away.

Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency service, said four of the injured were in serious condition.

Israeli police said the bombs were remotely activated at both locations. More than 5,000 Israeli security agents were deployed across Jerusalem in the aftermath of the blasts.

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The incident was reminiscent of the second intifada of the early 2000s, in which Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group, orchestrated a wave of bombings across Israel.

In more recent years, Israel has struggled with low-tech, more lone wolf-style attacks. Since last spring, a string of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rams has put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli army has launched near-night raids, particularly around the West Bank town of Jenin, from which a number of attackers originated.

Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in the midst of coalition negotiations to form the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, tweeted Wednesday morning that he was “praying for the peace of those injured in this morning’s combined terror attack in Jerusalem. and supporting the security forces operating in the field.”

Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right politician who is about to be appointed as Israel’s public security minister, tweeted that the bombing “takes us back to the difficult intifada period. It is time to crack down on terrorists, it is time to bring order.”

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