Police in West Java beefed up security around the Bogor Governor's Palace and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's residence in Cikeas after four boxes containing 250 sticks of dynamite reportedly went missing from a delivery truck on Thursday.
The explosives disappeared from a truck traveling from the MNK explosives-distribution company in Subang to Cigudeg, Bogor, on Thursday, West Java Police chief Ins.Gen. Suhardi told Jakarta Globe. The trucks, which were owned by the mining company Batu Sarana Persada, were separately stocked with 30,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 2,000 kilograms of dynamite and 4,000 electric detonators.
Three of the vehicles traveled directly to Cigudeg, but the fourth, a truck carrying dynamite, stopped by MNK's warehouse in North Jakarta. When the truck arrived in Cigudeg, the shipment was short four boxes of dynamite, worth Rp 4.25 million. The tarp covering the boxes of dynamite had been torn open, Suhardi said.
Police and Batu Sarana Persada staff was attempting to figure out if MNK had miscounted the boxes, or if the dynamite was stolen en route.
“They're still counting it, trying to verify whether they've miscounted or if it's really missing,” Suhardi said. “We're still investigating it. But one thing worth noting is that the missing dynamite did not have detonators, so they're not an immediate threat.”
Still, police increased security around vital points of the province, Bogor police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Bahtiar Ujang said.
“We have put barriers in some areas and are checking passing vehicles,” Bahtiar said. “We have placed about 100 police officers to secure some vital objects to prevent unwanted events [from happening].”