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"Unsophisticated Bomb" Explodes Near UN Building in Jakarta

A bomb exploded early Thursday in Central Jakarta close to the United Nations office building but no one was hurt, Indonesian police confirmed. “The bomb was ‘not too sophisticated’ but was designed to create fear among the public,” national police chief Gen. Da’i Bachtiar was quoted as saying by DPA here. The bomb exploded in an area behind the United Nations headquarters on Jalan Thamrin, left a 30-centimeter (one foot) crater. Jakarta police chief Inspector General Makbul Padmanegara said the explosion was caused by a low-explosive device. Forensics experts are examining the remains of the device. The explosion slightly damaged a bridge over a river behind the UN mission. The target was unclear. Asked if the attack had targeted the UN office, Padmanegara said: “It’s not in the premises of the UN.” “We don’t even know if the device was aimed at our building,” a UN security official told AP. “But the bomb squad checked our perimeter and gave us the green light to open. So we are operating as usual today,” he added. Full Story

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