Police Call for Vigilance about Terrorism Post Monas Blast

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Metro Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Wahyu Hadiningrat called on all his personnel to remain vigilant against acts of terrorism. He opined that such a threat would not entirely disappear, even during a peaceful situation.

    “Up until now, the threat of terrorism still lingers. So we must not feel contented, we must be responsive, anticipate it, and maintain vigilance,” said Wahyu when leading the morning ceremony at Jakarta Police Headquarters, South Jakarta, Wednesday, December 4.

    He appealed to law enforcers to prevent the recurrence of recent suicide bombing, which occurred in Medan Police HQ, North Sumatra, in the capital. The perpetrator entered the police station by disguise as an ojek online driver. Hence, he instructed heightened security in all police stations across the capital.

    “We don’t want any victim among us,” he remarked.

    Yesterday, December 3, a smoke grenade went off in the National Monument or Monas areas in Central Jakarta at around 07:20 a.m. The explosion injured two military (TNI) personnel when they were conducting their routine morning exercise.

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said one of the victims, Chief Sergeant Fajar Arisworo, sustained severe injuries on his left hand, while another victim Gunawan Yusuf suffered wound on his thigh.

    To date, the police were still seeking the source of the grenade and had examined the scene immediately after the blast in Monas areas.

    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH