The Jakarta Post
A resident of Magelang, Central Java, uncovered a homemade bomb placed under a batagor (fried fish dumpling) cart on Jl. Pahlawan, Tegalrejo, Magelang, on Tuesday.
Packed inside a brown women’s handbag, the bomb contained ammunition powder, a circuit, cables and a watch, which were all wrapped with brown tape. There was also a piece of paper with messages written in Arabic inside the package.
“It’s a bomb circuit. There was ammunition powder weighing around two ounces,” Central Java Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Djarod Padakova said in Semarang on Tuesday.
The Magelang resident, Arif Rohman, found the home-made bomb when he was about to prepare satay to sell on Jl. Pahlawan, Tegalrejo, at around 4:30 a.m. He then took the bag from under the cart and put it on a wooden chair in front of a pharmacy.
Curious about its content, Arif later opened the bag and discovered the bomb with a piece of paper written with Arabic characters. He reported his finding to a neighborhood association head in the area. The police secured the location following a report submitted by Arif and several other locals at 6:30 a.m.
“The police bomb squad [Jihandak] disposed it at around 1 p.m.,” said Djarod.
He said pieces of the disposed bomb had been collected for a further investigation to ascertain what type of explosives it contained. “Regarding whether it is a high or low grade explosive, the police’s Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System [Inafis] is still examining it,” said Djarod. (ebf)
On guard -- A police officer guards a location on Jl. Pahlawan, Tegalrejo, Magelang, Central Java, where a home-assembled bomb was found under a cart belonging to a batagor (fried fish dumpling) vendor on Tuesday.(Courtesy of the Central Java Police/File)
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