JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police say a pipe bomb believed to have been planted by Palestinian militants exploded on a bus in suburban Tel Aviv today.
The bomb was found in a bag and the bus was evacuated just before it went off. No one was hurt.
A police spokesman says the nature of the device and the target led authorities to determine that militants, not criminals, were behind the bombing.
It was the most serious attack inside Israel since a bomb explosion wounded more than 20 people in Tel Aviv in November of last year. At the time, Israel was involved in heavy fighting with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
A decade ago, Israel experienced a rash of Palestinian suicide bombings on buses, in restaurants and in other public spaces. More than 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis died in several years of fighting. Tensions have subsided in recent years.
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