NE­TI­ZENS CON­DEMN

They ex­press grief over lives lost, say­ing in­ci­dent smacks of stu­pid­ity

New Straits Times - - News -

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE news of the twin blasts that rocked a bus ter­mi­nal in East Jakarta on Wed­nes­day night has gar­nered wide­spread at­ten­tion, be­ing one of the most read sto­ries on the New Straits Times on­line yes­ter­day.

Two sus­pected sui­cide bombers re­port­edly killed three In­done­sian po­lice of­fi­cers and in­jured 10 peo­ple near a bus sta­tion in the east­ern part of the cap­i­tal.

The blasts went off five min­utes apart at Jakarta’s Kam­pung Me­layu ter­mi­nal, po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent came just a few days af­ter a deadly at­tack at an Ari­ana Grande concert at the Manch­ester Arena, where 22 peo­ple were killed and many oth­ers were in­jured.

Ne­ti­zens have re­sound­ingly con­demned the at­tack, and ex­pressed their grief over the loss of lives.

Dou­glas An­thony re­marked that such an at­tack smacked of stu­pid­ity and evil.

“If they do need to make a state­ment on their cause they could have high­lighted it without tak­ing the lives of un­sus­pect­ing in­no­cent peo­ple!” he ex­claimed.

Cyn­thia Rein was equally livid, ques­tion­ing the kind of teach­ing the sui­cide bombers were fol­low­ing.

“They should wel­come the holy month of Ra­madan with peace and love, not by bomb­ing and killing the in­no­cent.”

As for Ahmad Mur­tazam Zainal Abidin, he did not mince his words and said the at­tack­ers were re­li­gious de­viants who brought shame to Is­lam.

“They will burn in hell. They tar­get not only non-Mus­lims but Mus­lims as well,” he com­mented.

Sasi Ku­mar com­mented that In­done­sian mil­i­tary and com­man­does were ef­fi­cient, and ex­pressed hope that they will “hunt down the group to avoid de­struc­tion of the na­tion”.

Na­tional po­lice spokesman Se­tyo Wa­sisto re­port­edly said three of­fi­cers had been killed, and that ex­am­i­na­tion of the scene had shown that there ap­peared to have been two sui­cide bombers, not one as orig­i­nally thought.

Five of­fi­cers and five civil­ians were wounded, he said.

The dead so far have been iden­ti­fied as Bripda Ridho Se­ti­awan, Bripda Ta­u­fan Tsunami and Bripda Imam Gi­lang Ad­i­nata.

EPA PIC

A po­lice­man in front of a wreath of flow­ers near a bus sta­tion dam­aged by the bomb blasts in Jakarta yes­ter­day.

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