Jerusalem – The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) confirmed on Thursday that the explosion which left 20 people injured on a bus in southern Jerusalem on Monday was the result of a suicide bombing by the Islamist group Hamas.
The Shin Bet said on Thursday that the lone fatality from the blast who died of his wounds at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday – was the bomber, Abdel-Hamid Abu Srour.
Abu Srour’s father, Mohammad Abu Srour, denied on Thursday that his son was affiliated with the Hamas Islamist group.
A pro-Hamas website identified the younger Abu Srour as the Palestinian militant from the West Bank who died from his wounds following a bomb which exploded on an Israeli commuter bus in Jerusalem on Monday.
The pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center said Abu Srour was from the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem and said he was a member of the Kassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas militant Islamist group.His father denies this.
“I was not expecting that my son would do such act. My son did not make me feel even for 1 percent, that he has feelings or thoughts like that. Never. I know that my son failed in one subject in his secondary schools exam and was preparing to take the exam again and pass it and focus on his future.
This is the deal that we had together, me and him,” Mohammad Abu Srour said from the family home in Bethlehem.