Blast hits Indonesia's National park in Jakarta

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

Local media quote a police spokesperson as saying the two injured military personnel were exercising at the time.

Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim majority nation, has long struggled with Islamist militancy and has suffered regular attacks.

President Joko Widodo was not in the palace at the time of the explosion, a presidential spokesman said.

In assisting the police investigators to focus on their work on the site of the blast, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police temporarily closed a road section around the Monas Square area.

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"We're now investigating why the smoke grenade used to be there", Jakarta police chief Gatot Edy told journalists, including that the two injured had been rushed to clinic.

While the investigation is still in its early stages, authorities believe the blast was caused by a smoke grenade. The attack took place in the heart of Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta at around 7:15 am on Tuesday.

Last month, six people were injured after a 24-year-old university student was immolated in front of the police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Medan.

In October, an alleged combatant stabbed and wounded former security minister Wiranto in a function to open a university building. Wiranto, who uses just one name, like many Indonesians, had to have surgery, but has since left hospital.

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