Jakarta temple bombing may be linked to terrorists

Armed Indonesian police officers patrol on motorcycles around the capital city of Jakarta.

JAKARTA - National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Lt. Gen. (ret.) Marciano Norman said on Monday the bombing at a Buddhist temple in West Jakarta could have been linked to the plight of Rohingya Muslims and a report over Buddhist extremist in Myanmar.

"I think the perpetrators were just aiming to make a mess. They were trying to provoke Buddhists and Muslims. But it could be linked to terrorism. We'll see," Marciano told reporters.

A bomb exploded at the Ekayana Buddhist Vihara in Kebon Jeruk on Sunday evening, injuring at least three people. Parts of the eight-year-old temple were also damaged.

Reports said that the bomb bore the words "we are responding to the screams of the Rohingya".

But Marciano declined to confirm the connection between the explosion and Rohingya, saying that the police were still carrying out the investigation.

"If [the bomber] wants to garner sympathy I think they just suffered a huge failure. This is the holy month of Ramadhan and we are rejecting any form of violence, particularly that which is carried out in the name of religion," he said.