Bomb in Israel similar to Boston Marathon bomb

The bomb that exploded last month on a public bus in central Israel closely resembled the type used in the Boston Marathon attack.

The explosive in Bat Yam was enclosed in a pressure cooker and was activated by a cell phone, according to the Shin Bet security service, the Times of Israel reported.

Some 14 people have been arrested in the foiled Bat Yam attack, including four members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad from Bethlehem and a Bedouin Israeli, according to the newspaper.

The bomb, which was placed in a black backpack with wires sticking out, detonated on Dec. 22. Passengers were evacuated before the bomb detonated after they alerted the driver to a suspicious package.

At the Boston Marathon last year, three people were killed and more than 250 were injured by a bomb allegedly made by brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, possibly using an al-Qaida manual online. — jta