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Jakarta Post

Police seek leads in Molotov cocktail attack on Golkar HQ

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 25, 2019   /   02:12 pm
Police seek leads in Molotov cocktail attack on Golkar HQ The Jakarta Police have questioned witnesses of a gasoline bomb attack that occurred early on Aug. 21, 2019 on the Golkar Party's headquarters in Slipi, Jakarta. (Stock illustration) (Shutterstock/-)

The Jakarta Police have questioned four witnesses in connection with the Aug. 21 attack on the Golkar Party's headquarters in Slipi, West Jakarta. No one was injured or killed in the incident.

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said that the witnesses were nearby when four men on motorcycles lobbed a Molotov cocktail at Golkar headquarters.

“The four witnesses [...] observed, heard and saw the four individuals throw the Molotov cocktails. They were bystanders [who were] closest to the incident,” said Argo as quoted by on Friday.

The incident occurred at around 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, when four unidentified men on two motorcycles threw two bottles filled with gasoline in the direction of the building.

“Their faces were obscured by face masks and helmets,” added Argo.

According to the witnesses, only one of the bombs was ignited. Bystanders began shouting as one of the assailants was about to light the second bomb, which allegedly caused him to panic and throw the device at them.

“Based on the witnesses’ statements, after throwing the second bomb that they had not succeeded in lighting, the suspects left the vicinity and headed toward Jl. S. Parman in West Jakarta," said Argo.

The police have yet to identify any suspects or uncover a possible motive for the attack. (bry)