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US government issues warning following Jakarta bomb attack

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The US government on Thursday has issued a warning calling on all US citizens in Indonesia to take precautions following a bomb attack which occurred near Kampung Melayu bus station in Jakarta on Wednesday night.

"All US citizen visitors or residents in Indonesia should review their personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security, and exercise caution in large gatherings," the US Embassy in Indonesia stated in its official website here on Thursday.

Furthermore, US citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor-updated information into personal travel plans and activities.

Specific safety concerns should be addressed to Indonesian law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety of all visitors to Indonesia, it stated.

For further information about security in Indonesia, US citizens could contact the US Embassy in Jakarta ( located at 5 Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, at +62-21 3435-9055/9054, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The after-hours emergency number for US citizens is+62-21 3435 9000, followed by pressing 0 for the operator. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Embassy can also be reached by e-mail at

The Jakarta bomb explosions that occurred on May 24 evening, just two days after Manchester terror attack, killed three police officers and two suspected suicide bombers.

One of the suicide bombers, identified by his initial as INS (40), was killed, with his head, legs, and body blown apart. Another suspect, believed to be a woman, was killed too.

Eleven people, including five police officers, two female university students, and drivers of public vehicles, were injured in the twin blasts that hit five minutes apart at 9 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. local time, respectively.

The injured victims were rushed to the Premier Jatinegara Hospital, Said Sukanto Kramat Jati Police Hospital, Budi Asih Hospital, and Hermina Hospital that were located nearby.

The police officers were on duty to guard a group of people who were holding a torch parade to welcome the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The parade had not yet passed by when the blasts occurred.

Source: Antara News

Police identify two perpetrators of Kampung Melayu suicide bomb attack

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Police have identified two perpetrators of the suicide bomb attack near the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta on Wednesday night.

"The first perpetrator at the scene of attack was identified as Ihwan, and the second perpetrator was identified as Ahmad Sukri," Chief of the General Information Division of the Indonesian Police Senior Commissioner Martinus Sitompul said at the Indonesian Police Headquarters here on Thursday.

However, the terrorist cell that they belonged to and the motive behind the suicide bomb attack were still unknown.

On Wednesday night (May 24), two suicide bombs exploded near the bus terminal, with the first blast occurring at 09.00 p.m. in front of public toilet and the second blast at 09.05 p.m. near a bus stop which is 10 meters away from the first blast

The two suicide bombers were killed at the scene.

The attack also killed three police officers and injured 11 people, including five police officers, two female university students, and drivers of public vehicles.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) strongly condemned the attack.

"The perpetrators, whoever they are, have lost their humanitarian values. This is indeed a very cruel and saddening humanitarian tragedy," Zainut Tauhid Saadi, deputy chairman of MUI, stated here on Thursday.

The latest incident indicates that terrorism still exists in Indonesia and every party, particularly security officers, religious prominent figures, and the community, should pay serious attention to eradicate it, as terrorism is the enemy of the state, he noted.

Source: Antara News

Floods hit Langkat District in North Sumatra Province

Langkat, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Floods have hit several villages in Sei Lepan Sub-district, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province, and displaced at least 29 families.

"They are taking refuge, as flooding has affected their homes," Noto Atmojo of the local disaster mitigation office stated here, Thursday.

A total of 457 families were affected by the floods in Sei Lepan. The flooding was caused, as a 15-meter-long dyke had burst.

The floodwaters, reaching heights of up to 80-100 centimeters, affected 156 families and displaced 29 of them in Lama Baru Village.

Floods also affected 155 households in Lama Village, 98 families in Harapan Baru Village, and 48 others in Harapan Jaya Village.

In addition to the Babalan Sub-district, Langkat District experienced floods due to the overflowing of Lepan River.

Tens of houses in the villages of South Pelawi and North Securai were inundated.

The local disaster mitigation office has set up emergency tents to accommodate the flood victims and deployed several rubber boats for evacuation.

Source: Antara News

President holds brief meeting at Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo held a brief meeting at the Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase in East Jakarta on Thursday night, shortly after arriving back from his working visit to East Java and Central Java provinces.

The president arrived at the airbase at 06.15 p.m. local time and later held a brief meeting with a number of top officials at the airbases holding room.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Chief of the Presidential Staff Teten Masduki, and Chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Suhardi Alius were present at the meeting.

Also present at the meeting were Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Inspector General M Iriawan and Deputy Chief of the National Police Commissioner General Syafruddin.

Following the 20-minute meeting, the president went straight to the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta where victims of the suicide bomb attack near Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta were being treated.

The president shortcut his working visit to the two provinces following the bomb attack which killed five people and injured 11 others.

Three of those killed were police officers. They were 2nd Brigadier Taufan Tsunami, 2nd Brigadier Ridho Setiawan, and 2nd Brigadier Imam Gilang Adinata.

The injured are identified as 2nd Brigadier Ferri Nurcahya, 2nd Brigadier Yogi Aryo, 2nd Brigadier M Fauzi, 2nd Brigadier M Al Agung Pangestu, 2nd Brigadier Syukron, 2nd Brigadier Pandu Dwi Laksono, public transport drivers Agung and Damai, state-owned company employee Tasbik, and university students Susi A Fitriyani and Jihan.

Source: Antara News

Government develops sembalun as garlic production center

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government has developed Sembalun region in East Lombok of West Nusa Tenggara as a garlic production center.

State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman, and Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo have declared Sembalun as a garlic production center during their visit to the region on Wednesday.

Soemarno said in a statement that Sembalun had a remarkable potential to be developed as a garlic production center.

However, many farmers in the region have turned to other commodities that could be more profitable than garlic.

Indonesias garlic consumption has reached 400 thousand tons per year, while production has only amounted at 20,295 tons per year in 2,563 hectares of planting area.

"We are here to encourage Sembalun as a national garlic production center," she asserted.

During the visit, some state-run companies shared their commitment to distribute financial aid under its corporate social responsibility programs.

The state-run firms, including Mandiri Bank, BNI, BRI, BTN, Pupuk Indonesia, Angkasa Pura II, Sang Hyang Seri, Bulog and Pertani, and Jamkrindo, delivered a total Rp2.49 billion of CSR financial aid for Sembalun.

The minister noted that the ministry would support farmers to plant garlic in their lands and provide Farmers Card and small businesses loan (KUR) for them to increase production.

"For its marketing, state-run logistic agency Bulog would absorb their production so that farmers could get adequate profit. We hope that the aid could improve garlic farmers welfare here," she pointed out.

Source: Antara News