Jerusalem bus bomber dies of wounds, Hamas praises his horrific attack

No terrorist group took responsibility for the bombing, but both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad lauded it as a “natural response to the crimes of the Zionist occupier.”

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
Jerusalem bomber

Hamas poster praising the suicide bomber. (Arab media)

The Hamas terror organization on Wednesday revealed the identity of the suicide terrorist who carried out Monday’s bus bombing in Jerusalem that wounded 20, after he died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital.

Hamas named him as Abd al-Hamid Abu Srur, a 19-year-old resident of the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem and a member of Hamas.

The bomber’s father was arrested by the IDF on Wednesday.

The terrorist was not immediately recognized as the terrorist responsible for the attack and was not identified, although he was suspected by Israeli security forces as being the bomber because of the nature of his wounds and his proximity to the explosive device.

A 13-year-old girl and a 34-year-old woman still remain hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in light-to-moderate condition.

Police and the Shabak (Israel’s Security Agency) continue to investigate who was behind the attack, the first of its kind in a decade and a half. A gag order has been placed on the details of the investigation.

No terrorist group took responsibility for the bombing, but both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad lauded it as a “natural response to the crimes of the Zionist occupier.”

The military wing of Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction also praised the bombing and called for more such attacks.

Israel’s Ynet reported that some 100 members of the terrorist’s family celebrated his actions, handed out sweets and sang songs of praise for his “martyrdom.”