Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Jakarta explosion

Police guard at scene of an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia May 24, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

At least five people have fallen victim to a bomb blast near a Transjakarta bus station in Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin said on Wednesday.

At least two people have been killed in the attack, the suspected suicide bomber and policeman Sec. Brig. Taufan.

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.

'"There are five victims. Five policeman, one of whom was killed," Syafruddin said, adding that the other four policemen had been badly injured in the blast.

"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," Syafruddin said.

The explosion took place at around 9 p.m., Jakarta time.

Traffic around the scene has been blocked off and the police are investigating the explosion.

If the police are correct and this is indeed a suicide bomb attack, it will be one of several such attacks that have targeted the police in Indonesia.

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