Thursday, January 26, 2023

Indonesia: Police station explosion, several people injured

BANDUNG, Indonesia ( Associated Press) — A man detonated himself outside a police station on Indonesia’s main island of Java Wednesday, in what appears to be the latest in a series of suicide bombings in Indonesia. World.

Bandung police chief Ashwin Sipyung said a man tried to enter the Astana Anyar police headquarters on a motorcycle and detonated explosives where officers were queuing for their morning assembly, injuring several people, at least at least three items.

He said police were still investigating the attack in Bandung city in West Java province and whether the man, who has links to radical groups, has yet to be identified.

A video was going viral on social media in which body parts were seen scattered near a burning motorcycle outside the police station.

Pictures shown on TV showed plumes of white smoke rising from the area and people running in panic after the massive explosion.

Indonesia has battled extremist groups since several attacks on the resort island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. In recent years, attacks against foreigners have largely been replaced by smaller, less lethal attacks that target government, police and counter-terrorism forces as well as individuals considered infidels.

In May 2018, two families carried out a series of suicide bombings on churches in the city of Surabaya, killing a dozen people, including two girls whose parents were involved in the bombings. Police said the father was the head of a local affiliate of the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.

Last year, two attackers belonging to an extremist network linked to the Islamic State group blew themselves up outside a crowded Catholic church during Palm Sunday mass on Sulawesi island, wounding at least 20 people.

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