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Grenade kills one near U.S. depot in Jakarta JAKARTA - A grenade exploded in a car outside a U.S. embassy warehouse in the centre of Indonesia's capital on Monday in a botched attack that killed one of the occupants, police said. The incident came at a time of heightened security at U.S. embassies worldwide following what Washington called credible threats of terrorist attacks marking the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
"It was a grenade which was to be thrown at a warehouse owned by the U.S. embassy but exploded in the car," Indonesian National Police Chief Da'i Bachtiar told reporters. He said there were three men in the car in addition to the man who died. One was captured and two escaped.
An embassy source confirmed the incident took place "near an unoccupied U.S. embassy warehouse" and said the embassy was cooperating with police. "With one arrested we hope we can reveal more information on who is behind this group or this movement," Bachtiar said, adding that police were continuing to boost security at key facilities.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has been criticised by some neighbours as dragging its feet in the global battle against terror with some analysts saying it doesn't want to alienate its Islamic majority, most of whom are moderate Muslims. In June, Indonesian authorities arrested an Arab, Omar al-Faruq, and turned him over to the United States. He has subsequently been linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network and plans for attacks on U.S. facilities in the region.
Bin Laden is the United States' prime suspect in the September 11 attacks. The grenade exploded around 3.30 a.m. in the plush Menteng diplomatic district. The U.S. embassy is in a different area and remained open for business on Monday. There have been no known previous attacks in Indonesia on U.S. embassy facilities although there have been reports of attacks that were planned but thwarted, Indonesian security officials said.
Central Jakarta Police chief Edmond Ilyas told reporters the car exploded and then hit an electricity pole in front of the warehouse, Antara said. Explosions linked to political, religious and gangland feuds are not uncommon in Jakarta but have taken on added significance in recent months with the regional war against terror. The U.S. embassy closed amid unspecified security concerns during the anniversary of the September 11 attacks but reopened a week ago after security was increased.



Posted in Accidents @ 23 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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