A suicide bomb blast on a bus in downtown Jerusalem has killed least 10 people and wounded nearly two dozen others.
The bus exploded during the (Thursday) morning rush hour about 100-meters from the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The blast blew off one side of the bus and the back half of the roof. Wires were seen dangling from the charred remains of the green (Egged) bus.
The Palestinian militant group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has claimed responsibility while identifying the attacker as a Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.
Palestinian Authority officials condemned the bombing. Palestinian minister Saeb Erekat also said "the cycle of violence can only be broken by a meaningful peace process."
The attack comes as senior U.S. officials renew efforts to revitalize the stalled internationally backed "road map" plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Today's attack is the 28th suicide bombing against Israelis since the Palestinian uprising -- or intifada -- began more than three years ago. Israeli officials say 159 Israelis have been killed in suicide attacks.
Some information for this report is provided by AP.