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April 21, 2016 10:05 am

Hamas Branch in West Bank Claims Responsibility for Jerusalem Bus Bombing

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The scene of the bus bombing on Moshe Baram Street in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the terror attack. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

The scene of the bus bombing on Moshe Baram Street in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the terror attack. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

The West Bank branch of Hamas claimed responsibility on 20 April for a suicide attack on a passenger bus on Jerusalem’s Moshe Baram Street three days earlier on 18 April, which had injured 21 people and marked the first large-scale attack on public transport since a 17 April 2006 suicide attack in Tel Aviv. The claim came after Hamas initially released a statement praising the attack – something it does regularly following small-scale attacks – but which came short of taking credit for it.

The modus operandi of the attack and Hamas’ claim mark a potential escalation in the group’s attempts to begin staging more concerted attacks in Israel, amid a rise in the number of small-scale stabbing attacks – primarily carried out by Palestinian perpetrators undirected by Hamas – since June 2015.

Read full story at IHS Jane’s 360.

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