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Man faces life in prison after prank goes wrong

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:50 am

It was intended as a prank, but it turned out to be totally inappropriate due to bad timing.

Just as the whole nation was on alert after a series of bombings at three churches in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday and a premature explosion in neighboring Sidoarjo, a man identified as MIA allegedly claimed he had found a suspicious item at the Santa Anna Parish Church in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, on Monday.

The false information was widely circulated on WhatsApp, resulting in the deployment of bomb squad, which did not find anything suspicious on the premises.

According to the police, MIA allegedly called them three times to report finding a suspicious black backpack at the church.

He allegedly told the police the backpack was thrown out of a car.

East Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Tony Surya Putra said the alleged perpetrator pretended to be a church sec...