They express grief over lives lost, saying incident smacks of stupidity
MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW KUALA LUMPUR firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A policeman in front of a wreath of flowers near a bus station damaged by the bomb blasts in Jakarta yesterday.