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Jakarta Post

Suicide bombs targeted police: Terrorism expert

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 25, 2017   /   09:10 am
Suicide bombs targeted police: Terrorism expert Indonesian police officers and investigators place police tape near covered body parts at a bus terminal in Jakarta on May 24. Suspected suicide bombings rocked a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian capital, killing three police officers in the latest terror attack to hit the Muslim-majority country. At least five police officers were also injured in the explosion at the bus station in the east of the city. (AFP/Bayu Ismoyo)

Suicide bombers that killed three police officers at a Transjakarta bus shelter in the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta targeted police, a terrorism expert said on Thursday.

“I suspect that the bombers intentionally targeted the police,” Ridlwan Habib of the University of Indonesia told Kompas TV.

Ridlwan said the officers were resting in the shelter after securing a parade of residents welcoming the Ramadhan fasting month.

(Read also: East Jakarta bombs were low explosives: Police)

He suspected that the bombers were members of similar terrorist networks that attacked police officers in separate incidents in Surakarta, Central Java, on Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, and in Tangerang, Banten.

The bombers had likely planned the attack weeks earlier, he said, and carried out the attack after the Jakarta gubernatorial election, when the police had decreased security in the capital as the elections had run safe and smooth. (jun)