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Hunt down, arrest KPK bomb perpetrators: Jokowi

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 10, 2019   /   06:15 pm
Hunt down, arrest KPK bomb perpetrators: Jokowi Terror threat: Suwarni, a neighbor, points to the scorched wall of the home of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode M Syarif in Kalibata, South Jakarta, on Wednesday. The house is believed to have been the target of a Molotov cocktail attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The home of KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo was subject to a similar attack at the same time in Bekasi, West Java. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the National Police to investigate and hunt down the perpetrators of the suspected bomb attacks on Wednesday against two Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders.

“I have ordered the National Police chief to solve these cases because this is intimidation against our law enforcers. We can't tolerate this. Hunt down and find the perpetrators,” Jokowi said on Thursday.

Early on Wednesday morning, unknown assailants left a suspicious package at the private residence of KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo in Bekasi, West Java. The package contained material resembling components of a bomb such as a detonator, cables, nails and a pipe.

At the same time, the remains of two Molotov cocktails were found at the home of the commission's deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif in Kalibata, South Jakarta.

Apart from ordering the police to solve the cases, Jokowi said he had also ordered the police to ramp up security measures for KPK commissioners and investigators.

A joint investigative team comprising personnel from the Jakarta Police, the National Police headquarters and the police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 is investigating the cases.

“However, I believe the fighters against corruption won't flinch in the face of this terrorism,” the President said. (kuk)