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Police name 249 suspects in forest fires

  • Jon Afrizal, Syofiardi Bachyul JB, Apriadi Gunawan and Severianus Endi

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Jambi/Padang/Medan/Pontianak   /   Sun, September 22, 2019   /  05:58 pm
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A member of the East Tanjungjabung Fire Brigade attempts to put out a fire in the Londerang protected peatland forest area in Jambi. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

The National Police have named 249 suspects for forest fires over the weekend as exhausted firefighters work long hours to fight the flames and thousands suffer from smog-related illnesses. According to National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal, six companies have also been named suspects in the disaster. "The number will certainly increase [as the investigation continues]," Iqbal said on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency. Meanwhile, in Jambi, one of the worst-affected provinces, firefighters looked exhausted as they rested inside a tent set in Puding village, Kumpeh district, Muarojambi regency. At least 100 joint personnel from the National Police, Indonesia Military (TNI) and local disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) have been working to extinguish fires across hectares of peatlands just 3 kilometers from the village. "Being together with ...