Explosion at Indonesia police station wounds 3 officers, suicide bombing suspected


 The Straits Times

7th December 2022 – (Jakarta) At least three police officers were wounded in an explosion at a Bandung police station on Wednesday in Indonesia’s West Java province, and authorities are investigating the source of the blast, police officials told local media.

Metro TV cited residents as saying there had been a loud explosion, while Kompas TV showed footage of damage to the entrance of the Astana Anyar police station in the city of Bandung, and roads closed in the area. Unofficial sources, including local media, said it was a suspected suicide bombing.

Bandung police chief Aswin Sipayung told Kompas TV that “a man trespassed while wielding a sharp weapon, he was trying to get through to the police doing the roll call”.

The suicide bomber then detonated his device, killing himself and wounding the three officers, he said.

“Three of our officers were injured and have been taken to a hospital. We have sterilised the complex and cordoned off all entrances,” Mr Aswin said.

There were no indications yet of any possible motive for the attack.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has suffered attacks by militants, with police sometimes the target.

In 2019, Indonesia created a tough new anti-terrorism law after suicide bombings linked to the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).