A police officer was killed and several others injured on Wednesday (December 7th) in a suicide bombing at a police station in Bandung, West Java province in Indonesia, police said. No indication of the motive for this attack has been given by the authorities of the archipelago, the largest Muslim-majority country in the world which has been plagued by Islamist activism for years.
The explosion occurred around 8 a.m. (2 a.m. Paris time) at the premises of the Astana Anyar police station in Bandung, capital of the most populous province in Indonesia, killing the author of the incident. suicide attack. “A man tried to break in and the police tried to arrest himsaid West Java Police Chief Suntana.
A second explosive device was later found nearby and was safely detonated by police deminers, according to the same source. “The assailant insisted on approaching our officers brandishing a knife and suddenly an explosion occurred“, he described. The attack killed one — a policeman — and injured ten, including a civilian who was passing by.
The perpetrator of the attack, whose identity has not been revealed, landed at the police station on a blue motorcycle, a white sheet of paper with a message stuck to his vehicle. The message condemned the Indonesian Penal Code as a piece of legislation “unfaithfuland called for war on law enforcement, according to police.
Didin Khaerudin, a trader, was at the scene of the explosion when it took place. “I heard a bang, it was so loud. I peeked inside the police office and saw heavy smoke billowingKhaeruddin told AFP.
Indonesia has experienced several terrorist attacks in the past, including one in the tourist island of Bali in 2002. Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda set off bombs in a nightclub and a bar, killing more than 200 people.