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Jakarta Post

Monas blast raises questions over national security

  • Vela Andapita and Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  07:49 am
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The site of a blast in the National Monument (Monas) area on Tuesday morning.(JP/Vela Andapita)

A blast that occurred within the National Monument (Monas) area in Central Jakarta, right across from the Home Ministry building and just a few meters away from the Merdeka Palace on Tuesday morning has raised questions about national security. The police have confirmed that the blast, which occurred at 7:05 a.m. in a public area commonly used for, among other things, recreation, exercise and public gatherings, was caused by a smoke grenade. Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel Sgt. Maj. Fajar and Chief Pvt. Gunawan, who were doing their regular morning exercise with other TNI personnel in the area, were injured and rushed to Gatot Subroto Military Hospital. Security analyst Stanislaus Riyanta said he called on the police and the military to speed up the investigation. He called on them to answer two important questions surrounding the incident: How did the grenade reach that loc...