Two blasts at transport terminal in Indonesian capital, casualties


An Indonesian policeman was killed and several other officers injured after a suspected suicide bomber struck near a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, in east Jakarta, at about 9pm local time yesterday.

The blasts were said to have occurred in a parking lot next to a Transjakarta bus terminal in Kampung Melayu district, causing extensive damage.

On Wednesday night, heavily armed police cordoned off the area around the bus station with tape to hold back hundreds of onlookers while bomb disposal officers with protective suits examined the area.

Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin said the suspected suicide bomber also died.

He added he thought two police officers were injured in the blast.

Andry Wibowo, the head of East Jakarta police, told Metro TV that people had heard two explosions and three people had been hurt.

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Wasisto said the explosives appeared to have been packed into pressure cookers.

He said he went out of his house once he heard the explosion. Local reports suggested the explosions happened near the terminal's toilet. Residents panicked, and ran.

Indonesia has suffered a series of Islamic militant attacks in the past 15 years, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Last year, a bombing and shooting attack, claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, left four attackers and four civilians dead in the Indonesian capital.

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