A policeman points to the scene of a suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters in North Sumatra this morning. (Antara Photo/Irsan Mulyadi)

Suicide Bomb Near Medan Police HQ Injures Six


NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Jakarta. A man blew himself up at a parking lot in the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters in North Sumatra on Wednesday morning, injuring five officers and a civilian, a spokesman said.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal said the attack occurred at 8.45 a.m. local time when officers were holding a duty preparation ceremony at the courtyard.

"The perpetrator walked past the courtyard and then blew himself up," Iqbal told reporters at the Sentul International Convention Center in West Java.

"Six people including five officers and a civilian were injured. According to the preliminary report we received, the injuries are not life threatening," he said.

The bomb also damaged several vehicles at the scene. 

He said investigation is underway to identify the perpetrator and the suspected group behind the attack. Police have not been able to determine if the bomb was a high explosive, he added.

Sources at the scene said the bomber wore the familiar jacket of a ride-hailing company to get through the police compound's check point.

The man, who was carrying a backpack, told officer Brigadier Kristian Simanjuntak at the check point that he wanted to obtain a police record document — commonly used for job applications — and then rushed toward a locket where several people were gathered.

The bomb exploded at the parking lot before the man could reach the service locket.

Several news networks have aired a CCTV footage of the attack, showing an explosion at the parking lot just meters away from a large crowd.

The police document locket was located adjacent to the main office in the compound.