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Bomb squad deployed as explosion heard in Jambi

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Sat, September 2, 2017   /   06:46 pm
Bomb squad deployed as explosion heard in Jambi A bomb squad officer from the National Police inspects a suspicious object in Cikokol, Tangerang, Banten, on Oct. 20, 2016. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)

Personnel from the Jambi Police's bomb squad (Gegana) rushed to a house belonging to Suwanto in Mayang Mangurai sub-district in Jambi after receiving information of an explosion in the house's garage on Friday night.

Suwanto said he and his family were sleeping when the explosion was heard.

"I did hear an explosion but I never thought it was a bomb or something," he said on Saturday.

As a result of the explosion, the roof of the garage was destroyed.

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Early in the morning, a pipe was found, which was suspected to be the source of the explosion.

The Gegana officers immediately combed the scene to look for more evidence for their investigation.

Jambi Police's Gegana chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Beridiansyah confirmed the pipe might have contained explosives that caused the explosion.

However, it was not immediately known whether the pipe was a leftover of a home-made pipe bomb, which have frequently been found during arrests of terrorist groups.

"We haven't yet concluded whether the explosion was related to terrorism. We are still probing," Beridiansyah.

The police have taken numerous pieces of debris from the house to the police's headquarters. (bbs)