Medan Bomb; Police Call On Online Ojek Firms to Check Drivers

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Police called on the app-based ride-hailing (online ojek) companies to conduct overall checking to their driver-partners to confirm if they are registered as official members. This was stated following the suicide bombing incident in Medan, North Sumatra, knowing that the bomber wore an online ojek's jacket when conducting his act.

    "We push the service providers (the ride-hailing firms) to carefully check their members," said the National Police chief of public information bureau Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo at Kelapa Dua Mako Brimob headquarters in Depok, Thursday, November 14.

    Vice President Corporate Communications of Gojek Kristy Nelwan said his office had contacted the authorities to investigate the use of the attribute.

    "We're coordinating with the police and ready to provide all the supports needed for the investigation process," Kristy told Tempo via a text message on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

    A loud explosion occurred on the yard of Medan Police headquarters at Jalan HM Said No. 1 Medan, on Wednesday.

    A man who was alleged to be the suicide bomber died in the incident. The man named Rabbial Muslim Nasution wore a jacket of an app-based ride-hailing company when executing the act.

    Andita Rahma