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Jakarta Post

Hundreds of police deployed to guard Surakarta Police HQ in wake of bomb attack

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Tue, July 5, 2016   /  10:42 am
Hundreds of police deployed to guard Surakarta Police HQ in wake of bomb attack On alert – The Surakarta Police step up security following a suicide bombing in front of the station on Tuesday morning. ( Nugroho Adi)

More than a hundred police officers are on guard around the Surakarta Police headquarters on Jl. Adi Sucipto in Surakarta, Central Java, after a suicide bomber blew himself at the station's entranceway on Tuesday morning, a day before Idul Fitri. Police have sealed the road, blocking and checking all motorists and pedestrians attempting to pass through. The station has been sealed with police tape.

The massive blast at the entrance to the Surakarta Police headquarters reportedly occurred at around 7:30 a.m. local time, alarming nearby residents.

“I heard a huge bang as if something had exploded. The noise was louder than fireworks. A local person then told me that a bomb had exploded at the Surakarta Police station,” said Saptono, 43, a resident of the Manahan area.

Police have provided no further details of the incidents, in which one person, understood to be the bomber, died; the body of a man could be seen laid out at the bomb site. The National Police are set to make an official statement on the Surakarta bombing at 11:00 a.m.

“Police personnel are investigating the incident,” said a police officer. (ebf)

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