CALLS FOR CALM

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giv­ing fur­ther de­tails.

In­done­sia’s elite anti-ter­ror­ism unit also raided the home of a sus­pected sui­cide bomber yes­ter­day, with po­lice find­ing books of Is­lamic teach­ings and bay­o­nets in a raid on the Ban­dung city home of a 30-year-old seller of herbal medicines who was sus­pected of car­ry­ing out Wed­nes­day’s at­tack.

They also took a DNA sam­ple from the mother of a sec­ond sus­pect, an­other 30-year-old Ban­dung man.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors at the blast site found a re­ceipt for a pres­sure cooker bought on Mon­day in the cap­i­tal of the West Java prov­ince.

The bombs used in Wed­nes­day’s at­tacks were made from pres­sure cook­ers, sim­i­lar to a de­vice used in an at­tack by a JAD mil­i­tant in Ban­dung in Fe­bru­ary.

“We wanted to look for in­struc­tions at that lo­ca­tion, or ev­i­dence... linked to the Kam­pung Me­layu in­ci­dent,” said Na­tional Po­lice spokesman Mart­i­nus Sit­o­m­pul.

The bus sta­tion bomb­ing was the dead­li­est at­tack in In­done­sia since Jan­uary 2016, when a sui­cide blast and gun as­sault claimed by IS in down­town Jakarta left four at­tack­ers and four civil­ians dead.

Po­lice said the first bomb in the lat­est at­tack was det­o­nated at 9pm in an area where po­lice of­fi­cers were on duty. Five min­utes later the sec­ond bomber struck about 10 me­tres away.

Lo­cal me­dia said the event that the of­fi­cers were pre­par­ing to guard was a torch pa­rade tra­di­tion­ally held be­fore the Is­lamic holy month of Ra­madan, which be­gins this week­end.

In a tele­vised ad­dress yes­ter­day, Wi­dodo said he had or­dered a thor­ough probe and was “urg­ing all cit­i­zens across the na­tion to stay calm and re­main united”.

“I con­vey my deep­est con­do­lences to the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies — es­pe­cially the po­lice of­fi­cers who passed away while per­form­ing their duty,” he added.

The main in­ves­ti­ga­tion was handed over early yes­ter­day to the po­lice’s elite anti-ter­ror squad Den­sus 88, which has played a lead­ing role in track­ing down and killing some of In­done­sia's most wanted mil­i­tants.

Po­lice be­lieve they were specif­i­cally tar­geted in the bomb­ing as they pre­pared to pro­vide se­cu­rity for a pa­rade near the Kam­pung Me­layu ter­mi­nal, which is an area fre­quented by lo­cals but not for­eign­ers.

Se­cu­rity forces have been the main tar­get in re­cent years of In­done­sian mil­i­tants, who have largely turned their at­ten­tion away from Western­ers.

Asked whether there was a link be­tween IS and the group be­hind the at­tack, na­tional po­lice spokesman Awi Se­ty­ono re­sponded “yes there is”, without giv­ing fur­ther de­tails.

Sus­pi­cion falls on lo­cal net­work Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah (JAD), which sup­ports IS and has been blamed for re­cent, mostly low­im­pact, at­tacks.

The Kam­pung Me­layu ter­mi­nal is a lo­cal hub served by minibuses and buses. Agen­cies

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