Bandung Bomb Maker Arrested After Explosion at His Own House

Police arrested a bomb maker, after an explosion at his house in a densely populated area of Bandung, West Java, on Saturday (08/07). (Antara Photo)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 1:10 PM July 09, 2017
Category : News, Terrorism

Jakarta. Police arrested a bomb maker, after an explosion at his house in a densely populated area of Bandung, West Java, on Saturday (08/07).

No casualties were reported in the incident. The police found a broken rice cooker and nails at the site, confirming suspicions that the man, identified as Agus, was trying to produce pressure-cooker bombs.

"The suspect was assembling the bombs since June 1," Bandung Police chief Sr. Comr. Hendro Pandowo said in a text message on Saturday.

Hendro revealed the suspect was planning to target several places in the city, including Cafe Bali in Astana Anyar district and a church in Buah Batu — the neighborhood where he lived.

"We are still investigating the suspect's role and network," said Hendro.

The police are also examining the house, searching for more explosive materials.

Agus, 22, is a meatballs seller from Garut, West Java, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said, adding that the man wanted to set off the bomb at Cafe Bali on July 16 with a tripwire detonator.

The incident comes after a series of recent attacks. On June 30, a man, who seemingly acted alone, wounded two police officers at a mosque near the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta, just five days after members of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) terrorist group stabbed a police officer to death in Medan, North Sumatra.

Two suicide bombers from the same group killed three police officers in May.

The Islamic State-affiliated organization appears to be implementing a coordinated effort to target the National Police.

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