Bus Passengers Miraculously Escape Bomb Explosion

Jerusalem Post


Photo: Yeshiva World News.

Photo: Yeshiva World News.


A bomb was detonated at the back of a bus in Bat Yam, Israel Sunday afternoon, in what police suspect was a terrorist attack.

Passengers on the Dan 240 bus that goes from the Bnei Brak to the Bat Yam cemetery noticed a suspicious package at the back of the bus.

They alerted the bus driver, who asked if the black bag belonged to anyone. When no one answered, he stopped the bus at the corner of Mivtza Sinai and Katznelson streets in Bat Yam, ordered the passengers off the bus, and alerted police, who sent bomb experts to the scene.

One of the passengers on the bus, David Papo, opened the bag. He said the big black bag had what looked like a pressure cooker inside of it with red wire coming out of it.

The 12 passengers that were on the bus and its driver were evacuated from the area and were 15 meters away when the bomb went off. The blast occurred 10 minutes after passengers were evacuated, the driver said.

The bomb went off before police bomb experts had a chance to defuse it.

One policeman was lightly injured in his ear from the blast noise.

Police are saying that while they are not yet sure if the motive was criminal or nationalist, they are suspecting a terror attack.

In wake of the bus blast, the national police chief ordered an increase in police presence in public places, and called for the public to increase awareness and notify police of any suspicious packages.