Jakarta bus terminal explosions leave at least 2 dead


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JAKARTA – It is reported that at least two people were killed and an Indonesian policeman injured after they appeared to have been caught in explosions at a bus terminal on Wednesday night in East Jakarta.
Eyewitnesses said in the densely populated Kampung Melayu neighbourhood, the officer was hurt after two loud explosions were heard at about 9pm, reported Elshinta radio so far.
Jakarta Post reported that the blasts occurred at the Transjakarta bus terminal. A spokesman for the company said that passengers and workers are safe, but the bus terminal is now temporarily closed.
More details are still unclear but various witnesses have said the first and second blast occurred between five and 10 minutes apart near a bus stop and a parking area for motorcycles.
“There were two blasts at around 9.00 pm, close to each other, there are three victims,” East Jakarta police chief Andry Wibowo told TV station MetroTV, without saying whether the victims had been killed or injured.
“From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big.” An eyewitness, Sultan Muhammad Firdaus, told TV station Kompas TV he heard two explosions about 10 minutes apart.
“The explosions were quite loud, I could hear them clearly,” he said. He added he thought two police officers were injured in the blast.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts at the Kampung Melayu terminal which is served by mini-vans and buses.
Photos and videos from the scene that circulated shortly after showed pieces of bloodied human flesh and dismembered body parts, including a limb and what appeared to be a severed head at the bus stop.
TV footage also showed smoke rising from the terminal and police rushing to carry casualties away from the scene. Large numbers of police officers were at the scene and had cordoned it off.