A bomb exploded inside the Ekayana Buddhist Vihara in West Jakarta late on Sunday, injuring three people and destroying some parts of the site, which was established in 1995 to accommodate Buddhist students studying in nearby universities.
West Jakarta Police chief Fadil Imran said witnesses heard two explosions from inside the vihara.
“They seemed to be bombs installed in separate sections inside the building. We’re still gathering more information,” he said.
said they heard two separate explosions from inside the vihara, located
on Jl. Mangga II and is around three kilometers from the bustling
shopping malls of Central Park and Taman Anggrek. “The first explosion
occurred at 9:10 p.m. followed by a second at 10:45 p.m.” said Iwan, a
As of Sunday 24:00 p.m., the police’s bomb squad was still combing the building for more explosives.
April, extremists and terrorist groups have conveyed their plans to
target Buddhists and Myanmar facilities in Indonesia in response to
sectarian conflict in Buddhist-majority Myanmar that has cost the lives
of many members of the Muslim minority community.
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group that has long been subject to persecution in Myanmar.
A terrorist group launched a failed attack at the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta in May.
the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has waged a campaign
against radicalism and terrorism since the 2002 Bali bombings that
killed 202 people, including foreign tourists. The authorities have
detained more than 700 suspected terrorists and accomplices, and killed
more than 65. (ogi/asw)
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