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Bomb in bag explodes in Bengkulu village, injuring one

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 11, 2020   /   02:57 pm
Bomb in bag explodes in Bengkulu village, injuring one An illustration photo of police tape. (JP/Suherdjoko)

A bomb hidden inside a bag exploded in front of a house in Padang village of Seluma regency in Bengkulu on Saturday morning, injuring the house owner.

Bengkulu Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Sudarno said that the bomb, which had been put inside a bag, was placed at the door of the village head's house. No fatalities were recorded but the house owner, identified as Halidin, 60, suffered from injuries to parts of his upper body and feet from the blast.

"The victim is the owner of the house. He is currently under medical treatment after he was injured by the blast," Sudarno said as quoted by Antara.

He added that the police could not give further information regarding whether the perpetrator was linked to any terrorist network.

Seluma Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. I Nyoman Mertha Sana said that the Gegana bomb-disposal squad had been deployed to the location to collect evidence and interview witnesses.

Reports said that Halidin was trying to open the bag he found at his door when it exploded. Residents in the area reportedly ran out of their homes after hearing the blast. (ars)

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