Category : News, Featured, Terrorism
Jakarta. At least five people were killed — including three police officers — and 10 others injured on Wednesday night (24/05) when two explosions ripped apart a TransJakarta bus station in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, according to National Police Spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto.
Setyo said the police found body parts of two suspected suicide bombers at the crime scene and are currently working with a forensics team to identify them.
"For the time being, we are treating it as suicide bombings. The explosions occurred around 9 p.m. We're now trying to identify the perpetrators," National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin told reporters.
Syafruddin said the on-duty police officers who died were at the scene to secure a citizen parade to welcome the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan.
Setyo did not disclose information on the type of explosives used in the attack, with investigation still ongoing.
He confirmed three police officers were killed in the explosions.
Five more police officers and five civilians were reportedly also injured. They are currently being treated at nearby Premier Hospital and Hermina Hospital in Jatinegara and at the Polri Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.
The body count may still increase as police are still trying to identify more casualties.
Explosions Happened Outside Station
The police have not been able to identify the exact point of explosion yet, but said initial investigation revealed it was between the bus station's restroom and a nearby motorcycle parking area.
TransJakarta director Budi Kaliwono said in a statement that no TransJakarta passengers or staff were among the victims.
The explosions shattered glass walls at the station. The station is temporarily closed after civilians were evacuated from the premise.
TransJakarta will be aiding the Indonesian police by providing access to security cameras installed in the station.
Advice on Sharing Pictures and Videos
The National Anti Terrorism Agency (BNPT) has issued a statement asking people not to share pictures or videos of the incident.
BNPT official Andi Intang Dulung said people need to understand that sharing pictures and videos of the bomb scene will create fear and panic — the main goal of a terror attack.
"Let's not repeat the dread and terror of the 2016 attack on Jalan Thamrin," Andi said.
He also asked the mainstream media not to use gory pictures and videos from the scene as they only add more fear. "In terrorism, the perpetrators want to use media to spread the impact of their attack, to double the fear," Andi said.
"If people see media publishing horrifying pictures or videos from the scene please report them to the Press Council or the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission," Andi said, as reported by state news agency Antara.