Three Bomb Blasts in Jayapura

Three Bomb Blasts in Jayapura

Cunding Levi

TEMPO /Interactive/, Jayapura:Three bombs exploded under the Muara Tami Bridge in Jayapura, an area directly bordering Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, around 09.00 Central Indonesian Time yesterday (08/04).

Papua Police chief, Insp. Gen. Bagus Ekodanto, confirmed finding the bombs, saying," We do not know whether the blast was intended to disturb the security for the elections tomorrow," he said in Papua yesterday.

Bagus said the first bomb exploded around 01.30 Central Indonesian Time at the western part of the 725 Muara Tami Infantry Battalion post. "A member of the 725 Infantry Battalion immediately checked the explosion," he said.

Later at 09.00 Central Indonesian Time, two more bombs were found by the Papuadi Regional Police’s Bomb Squad under the Muara Tami Bridge. However, the types of the bombs have not been confirmed until today. The first bomb, Bagus added, blasted at the same time the personnel were moving the troops to secure the elections.

As a result of this incident, the streets heading to Muara Tami and the Indonesia – Papua New Guinea border were closed for about 10 hours. "Activities in the areas have resumed, no victims were claimed in the incident and people are carrying out their daily activities as usual," Bagus said.

Besides the bomb scare in Jayapura, especially in Waena – Abepura, six shots were fired around 05.00. Short messages were sent in the past two days calling on Jayapura residents to boycott the election and attack migrants in the area.

"We have received all of the reports, but so far the situation is Papua and West Papua is relatively stable," Bagus said.

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