Two bombs exploded at bus stops on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a 16-year-old boy and wounding at least 14 other people in what appeared to be an attack by Palestinian militants, Israeli authorities said.

Police attributed the first explosion, which occurred at rush hour, to an explosive device planted at a bus station near the exit of the city. The second – about 30 minutes later – affected a stop in the vicinity of an urban settlement in the east of the city.

“There has not been such a coordinated attack on Jerusalem for many years,” the police spokesman said. Eli Levi to Israeli Army Radio.

The station said the explosive devices were hidden in bags and packed with nails to maximize impact. Kan Radio said they appeared to have been detonated from afar by means of a mobile phone.

Security camera footage broadcast by N12 News showed the moment of the first explosion with a sudden cloud of smoke billowing from the bus stop. Television showed debris scattered around the site, which was cordoned off by emergency services.

Israel’s ambulance service said 12 people were taken to hospital by the first blast and three others were injured in the second. One of the injured, a 16-year-old boy, died at the hospital, according to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

The explosions, reminiscent of the bus bombings that were a hallmark of the 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising, follow months of tension in the West Bank after the Israeli army launched an offensive following a series of deadly Palestinian attacks. In Israel.

The coordinated explosions appeared to be a step up from this year’s series of Palestinian lone wolf attacks, involving stabbings, shootings and car runs over.

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