At least seven people were killed and 38 injured, eight seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday at the French Hill intersection in Jerusalem close to 7:10 P.M.

The head of Magen David Adom said that eight of the injured were in serious condition.

The explosion, next to a hitch-hiking post, blew out the back and the sides of the shelter, leaving just a concrete bench and the roof.

Body parts were scattered on the street, a baby carriage was overturned, and rescue workers covered it with a black plastic bag.

Channel Two television reported that the bomber arrived in a car, got out, sprinted toward the hitch-hiking post and immediately blew himself up. The television also said that two Border Police officers in the area tried to stop the bomber, but could not reach him in time.

The head of Jerusalem district police, Mickey Levy said that one of the officers is in serious condition.

Police carried out a search of the area for further explosive devices.

"The Palestinian wave of terror continues to be unleashed against Israel's civilian population," said David Baker, a spokesman in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Army Radio reported security sources saying that the attack might well have been carried out by a suicide bomber police have been tracking in the capital over the last few days.

Hezbollah's television station, Al Manar said that the attack was carried out by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, linked to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

The station said it received a statement from Al-Aqsa saying the bombing was in response to Israeli attacks on Palestinian territory and assassination of Palestinian activists.

"Zionists, leave this land. We will not stop our operations as long as there remains an occupier on our land," the statement said.

The explosion comes just one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed commuter bus in southern Jerusalem, killing 19 people and wounding over 70. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Emergency numbers:

Sha'are Zedek Medical Center: 12 55 125

Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus: 12 55 121

Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem: 12 55 122