Chaos erupts after suspected bomb blasts strike bus terminal in Jakarta

Police secure the area following an explosion at a bus stop in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, Indonesia May 24, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

The Kampung Melayu bus terminal and the surrounding area turned chaotic after at least two explosions struck one of Transjakarta's main bus rapid transit hubs in East Jakarta at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

The terminal is located in a densely populated area.

Explosion at bus terminal in Jakarta

  • At least two explosions struck one of Transjakarta's main bus rapid transit hubs, the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta, at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening (May 24).
  • The terminal is located in a densely populated area.
  • Two suspected suicide bombers died instantly, the police said.
  • At least five policemen who were escorting a traditional parade to welcome the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan also fell victim, three of whom are reported to have died.
  • At least five civilians were also injured.
  • “I want to express my sympathies. An explosion has occurred. For the time being, we are treating it as a suicide bombing. We believe there is a single perpetrator. We have not yet identified the perpetrator,” National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin said on Wednesday.
  • Body parts have been spotted at the blast scene, an eyewitness said, adding that people injured in the blast have been taken to a nearby hospital.
  • A police bomb squad was deployed.
  • The blast scene was cordoned off.
  • National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said one explosion occurred at a motorcycle parking lot.

As of 10:30 p.m., the blast scene has been cordoned off by the police.

Journalists are not permitted to enter the area.

Footage and pictures of the scene have gone viral on social media. Some of the footage shows people panicking and running away from the terminal.

It is not yet clear where exactly the blasts took place, but circulating pictures suggest one of the explosions erupted at a motorcycle parking lot.

East Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Andry Wibowo earlier said at least three people were affected by the blasts.

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