It is unheard-of at this stage whether any of the casualties have died in the blast, which occured on a mechanism used by the national bus service.
A doctor revealed nails and screws were rest embedded in victims, appearing to confirm fears of a terror attack.
A spokesperson for the Israeli mayor, Nir Barkat, contemplated: “It was small, but it was definitely a bomb.”
Despite initially saying the mushrooming could be the result of a technical fault, a police spokesperson later guaranteed: “We have confirmed it was an explosive device.”
The police forensics body is now searching the wreckage for fingerprints and other clues.
Photos and videos on common media show thick smoke billowing from a commuter bus, with specs littering the road.
Witnesses are reporting that the bus was empty when the ddywack occured and has now “completely burned down”.
The injuries are believed to have been prolonged by ssengers on another bus besdie the vehicle that exploded.
Attacks on Israeli buses by suicide bombers were a device of the lestinian uprising in 2000-2005. However, they have been rare since.
Injured rties of the blast have been rushed to Sha’arei Zedek medical focal point. According to Israeli police, two are in a critical condition and six are moderately injuried. The overage have minor injuries.
According to one witness, the smell of “burned tyres and rubber” is contents the air as nearby residents crowd nearby hills and roads to look at the shocking scene.
The explosion occured in Derech Hebron, an area in southwest Jerusalem concealed to the boundary with the Israeli-occupied West Bank.