JERUSALEM, April 21 (UPI) -- Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, has confirmed the suicide bombing targeting a bus in Jerusalem this week was carried out by a member of the Hamas Palestinian Islamist group.
Israeli authorities have not revealed if they will treat the bombing as a terrorist attack.
Hamas previously took credit for the incident, describing the 19-year-old bomber as a "martyr" and the attack as a "natural reaction to Israeli crimes." The bus was an Egged public transportation bus on Line 12 in Jerusalem.
A media gag order is limiting reporting on the bombing, BBC News reported.
Hamas, a political and militant group, is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, the European Union, Canada and Japan. The organization's charter commits to the destruction of Israel.