Palestinian workers injured in Jerusalem bomb blast

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker was injured Sunday morning in a pipe bomb blast near the Gilo settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Jerusalem municipality refuse collector Iyad Bashir, 21, was taken by ambulance to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with severe injuries to his hand.

Preliminary investigations indicated that Bashir picked up a rubbish bag containing an explosive device, said Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Simmari

His colleague Moath Bashir suffered shock from the incident.

Israeli border guards and police closed the area and searched for other explosives, the spokeswoman said, adding that an investigation had been opened.

Local sources suggested extremist settlers were responsible for the attack, noting that several other Palestinian laborers working in settlement areas had been targeted in similar incidents in the past.

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