Wednesday, 16 January 2019

KPK Bomb Threat; Police Confirm Explosive Devices to be Fake

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  • Residence of KPK Chief Agus Rahardjo where a pipe bomb was placed on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    Residence of KPK Chief Agus Rahardjo where a pipe bomb was placed on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian National Police confirmed that the suspicious item hanging on the front gate of a house belonging to Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo on January 9 is, in fact, a fake explosive device.

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    “It is confirmed to be a fake bomb,” said Insp. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal, Polri spokesman at the Polri main headquarters today, January 10.

    The fake bomb imitated the construction of a real bomb by using a cylindrical PVC pipe, detonator, a fuse, and cables. There were also 7-centimeter nails and white substances suspected to be white cement and a Panasonic Neo 9 Voll battery.

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    “However, it wasn’t a single unit like what an explosive should be,” said Iqbal. Police also confirmed that the white substance did not have the chemistry to detonate and promises to continue its investigation.

    ANDITA RAHMA