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Two Explosions Rock Jerusalem, Killing a 16-year-old Student

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– (Jerusalem) A spokeswoman for the Israeli police and the teen’s family says that two explosions shook Jerusalem early Wednesday, killing one teen and injuring more than a dozen others in what is thought to be a “combined terror attack.”

The first explosion happened at 7:06 a.m. at a bus station near the entrance to Jerusalem. At least 11 people were hurt, including the child who later died. Around 7:30 a.m., a second explosion happened at the Ramot crossroads in the city, sending three people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Initial investigations showed that explosive devices were placed at both sites, and a police spokesperson said that the suspects are being looked for. The person who died was a 16-year-old boy named Aryeh Shechopek, according to his family.

The family says that Shechopek went to a Jewish religious school called a yeshiva and lived in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. Images from the first bomb showed broken glass on the ground and holes in the windshield of a parked bus.

The metal railings around the bus stop were also broken, and the area was closed off. When two paramedics from Magen David Adom, Israel’s branch of the Red Cross, got to the bus station, they saw two people on the ground who were badly hurt.

They said, “We were at the MDA station near the entrance to the city when we heard a huge explosion.” “We sent a lot of ambulances, mobile intensive care units (MICUs ), and media cycles to the area right away.”

“A 16-year-old boy at the bus stop and a 45-year-old man on the sidewalk were both seriously hurt.” In a tweet, the US Embassy in Jerusalem said, “We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attacks on public places.”

“Terrorism is a dead end that gets you nowhere,” the Embassy wrote.

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