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Psychiatrists to assess Jambi Police attacker

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Thu, May 24, 2018   /   06:35 am
Psychiatrists to assess Jambi Police attacker On guard: An officer stands guard in front of the Marosebo Police station on May 23 following an attack the previous day. (Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)

Authorities are examining the mental state of a man who attacked officers with a knife at the Marosebo Police station in Jambi province on Tuesday evening.

Anwar Sadat, 35, is being assessed by psychiatrists at the Jambi Regional Mental Health Hospital (RSJD), according to Jambi Police spokesperson Adj.Sr.Comr. Kuswahyudi Tresnadi.

"We believe that [Anwar] may be suffering from mental health issues, so we need to involve psychiatrists in our investigation,” he said on Wednesday, adding that the suspect was still being questioned.

Preliminary investigations suggest that Anwar carried out the attack alone.

"He is the single perpetrator. Motives behind the attack are being investigated. [Anwar] has remained silent," Kuswahyudi said.

Anwar is currently being detained at the Jambi Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters.

According to police findings, he is unemployed but investigators have yet to discover whether he has been involved in other crimes.

Meanwhile, Adj. Second Insp. Manalu and Chief Brig. Sangap Tinambunan who were wounded in the attack, are still being treated at the Jambi Bhayangkara Police Hospital.

Both sustained stab wounds to the neck and hands, but their conditions are improving.

Anwar arrived at the Marosebo Police station by motorcycle at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, then vandalized a police car before attacking officers. (hol/ebf)