Suicide Bomber Blows Up Jerusalem Bus

August 19, 2003 - Posted at: 2:25 p.m. CDT

JERUSALEM - A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday on a packed bus on a main thoroughfare in Jerusalem, killing at least 13 people and wounding 80, authorities said.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility.

The blast on the extra long bus, which had two passenger sections that were full, went off shortly after 9 p.m. Another bus nearby was also hit by the blast.

The bus had started out at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, in the walled Old City, and was headed to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, radio reports said, making it likely that many of the passengers were ultra-Orthodox.

The bus was badly damaged in the blast, with its windows blown out, and rescuers had to use blow torches to pry some of the wounded from the wreckage.

"What is clear is that it was a very big bomb," Jerusalem fire chief Amnon Amir said.

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