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Jakarta Post

Police ramp up security at KPK leaders’ homes following 'bomb' attacks

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 9, 2019   /   05:07 pm
Police ramp up security at KPK leaders’ homes following 'bomb' attacks Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo (right) along with KPK deputy chairman Laode M Syarif hold a press conference to name former president director of state-owned airline company Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, a suspect in a case of alleged bribery relating to the purchase of aircraft engines from the UK company, Rolls Royce. (Antara/Puspa Parwitasari)

The police will intensify security around Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders’ homes following suspected bomb attacks at the houses of chairman Agus Rahardjo and deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif on Wednesday morning.

“We will intensify patrols [around the houses of the antigraft body’s commissioners],” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono told journalists on Wednesday.

Early on Wednesday morning, what appeared to be a bomb was left at Agus’ house in Bekasi, West Java. The police bomb squad discovered a black bag hanging on the fence of the house, containing material resembling components of an explosive device, such as a detonator, cable, nails and a pipe.

At the same time, the remains of a Molotov cocktail were found at Laode’s house in Kalibata, South Jakarta. The KPK deputy chairman said he saw suspicious people near his house at round 1 a.m. through security cameras, while his neighbors claimed of hearing glass breaking.

The police reacted quickly in response to the incidents by assigning a joint investigation team comprising personnel from -- among others -- the Jakarta Police, the National Police headquarters and the police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad.

National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said Densus 88 was assigned to investigate the incidents because of its vast experience in handling explosive materials.

“Give the team time to work. We will announce the results once they’re finished,” Dedi said.

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