JAKARTA (Agencies): A bomb exploded early Thursday in Central Jakarta close to the United Nations office building but no one was hurt, Indonesian police confirmed.
“The bomb was ‘not too sophisticated’ but was designed to create fear among the public,” national police chief Gen. Da’i Bachtiar was quoted as saying by DPA here.
The bomb exploded in an area behind the United Nations headquarters on Jalan Thamrin, left a 30-centimeter (one foot) crater.
Jakarta police chief Inspector General Makbul Padmanegara said the explosion was caused by a low-explosive device. Forensics experts are examining the remains of the device.
The explosion slightly damaged a bridge over a river behind the UN mission. The target was unclear.
Asked if the attack had targeted the UN office, Padmanegara said: “It’s not in the premises of the UN.”
“We don’t even know if the device was aimed at our building,” a UN security official told AP. “But the bomb squad checked our perimeter and gave us the green light to open. So we are operating as usual today,” he added.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the U.N. was the intended target of the blast – although the building is regularly the scene of protests of various kinds.
Bachtiar told reporters: “Usually there is a connection with the location. This is a public place which didn’t have a lot of people in it.”
AFP reported authorities took at least 11 people into custody for questioning and talked to witnesses who saw the blast. No group claimed responsible for the explosion, the latest explosion to rock Indonesia.