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July 6, 2020, 03.40 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – An explosion rocked the historic, leafy Jakarta district of Menteng on Sunday, July 5. No casualties have been reported.

Central Jakarta Police Department head Chief Police Commissioner Heru Novianto said the explosion occurred at Yusuf Adiwinata Street.

“An explosive device was thrown under a Mitsubishi Pajero SUV parked on the curbside,” said Heru. “The impact punctured one of the tires but caused no other damage to the vehicle or surrounding areas.”

The police found shreds of plastic, pipes and batteries scattered at the scene of the crime.
Heru said the police bomb squad (Gegana) determined that the explosion was caused by fireworks or other similar items, not a bomb.

While the police said they are still awaiting forensics reports due on Monday, July 6, they ruled out terrorism as a motive.

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“Terrorists will use high explosives to put those near the blast scene in danger as they always seek to cause casualties,” Heru said.

“We can determine that it was a low-explosive [device] because of its small impact, lack of casualties or shattered windows. The only damage is to a tire that got punctured by a pipe.”

Jakarta police bomb squad investigate the site of an explosion which rocked Menteng on Sunday, 5 July 2020Joko Supriyanto/Wartakotalive.com Jakarta police bomb squad investigate the site of an explosion which rocked Menteng on Sunday, 5 July 2020

Determining a motive

Witnesses verified the police’s findings.

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