Jakarta (Web Desk): At least three Indonesian police officers were dead and ten people injured on Wednesday as a results of a twin suicide attacks near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, police said.
According to police details, the blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal leaving three police officers dead while five officers and five civilians were wounded.
“Three officers had been killed, and that examination of the scene had shown that there appeared to have been two suicide bombers, not one as originally thought, National Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.
Indonesia has suffered a series of mostly low-level attacks by Islamic State sympathisers in the last 17 months, but Wasisto said police had not confirmed any Islamist motive for Wednesday’s bombing.
Wasisto told a news conference, “In the presence of the duty police officers a group of people were holding a parade. The parade hadn’t passed yet when the blast happened.”
He said, “The two suspects were both male. Their identities will be released later.”
He added that the explosives appeared to have been packed into pressure cookers. A similar bomb was used in February in the city of Bandung by a lone attacker, killed by police, whom authorities suspected of having links to a radical network sympathetic to Islamic State.