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Jakarta Post

Riau Councilor's house attacked with Molotov cocktail

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Wed, October 4, 2017   /   07:23 am
Riau Councilor's house attacked with Molotov cocktail Relatives of Riau Provincial Legislative Councilor Supriati chat in front of the latter's house in Pekanbaru, Riau on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Unidentified assailants attacked Supriati's house with a molotov cocktail on Tuesday early morning. (Antara/Rony Muharrman)

The house of Riau Provincial Legislative Council member Supriati, 53, in Sail district, Pekanbaru, was attacked with a Molotov cocktail thrown by unknown assailants early on Tuesday morning.

Supriati of the Golkar Party said it was her nephew Romi who first discovered the attack.

“Romi found broken glass on the balcony’s floor and paving blocks in the courtyard blackened as if they were burnt. The bottom of the wooden door and window sills were scorched, but fortunately they didn't catch fire,” Supriati said.

She said she was sleeping when Romi woke her to tell her about the incident.

Supriati said she did not know the possible motives of the assailants. “I have no problems with anyone. I have good relationships with all the neighbors here. We also haven't seen any suspicious individuals in the neighborhood lately,” she said.

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She said she reported the incident to the Pekanbaru Police. Investigators came to the house later that day to examine the scene.

Pekanbaru Police chief Sr. Comr. Sutanto said it was still not known whether the attack was related to political or personal matters. "We do not know the identities of the perpetrators yet because the house was not equipped with CCTV cameras."

“We have grilled three eye witnesses,” Sutanto said, adding that the police had collected several items as evidence. (bbs)