JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a pipe bomb believed to have been planted by Palestinian militants exploded on a bus in suburban Tel Aviv today.
The bomb was found in a bag and the bus was evacuated just before it went off. No one was hurt.
A police spokesman says the nature of the device and the target led authorities to determine that militants, not criminals, were behind the bombing.
It was the most serious attack inside Israel since a bomb explosion wounded more than 20 people in Tel Aviv in November of last year. At the time, Israel was involved in heavy fighting with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
A decade ago, Israel experienced a rash of Palestinian suicide bombings on buses, in restaurants and in other public spaces. More than 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis died in several years of fighting. Tensions have subsided in recent years.
119-v-33-(Mark Lavie, AP Middle East correspondent)--A bomb has exploded on a bus in Israel. No one was hurt. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie. (22 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO DV801: Israeli policemen inspect a bus after an explosive device detonated in a Tel Aviv suburb, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. A small bomb exploded on board the bus just moments after it had been evacuated on Sunday, police said, adding that an initial investigation suggests that Palestinian militants were behind the attack. (AP Photo/Tomer Appelboum) ISRAEL OUT (22 Dec 2013)
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