Failed bomb attack in Indonesia

Last updated 16:31 12/11/2012

Relevant offers

World

Australian mother charged after toddler finds and eats ice stash, calls in sick for court From Instagram to 95,000 grams - Australia's biggest cruise ship drug bust Waikato woman speaks about family killed in Italy earthquake Innocent black man punched, tasered and arrested by police. Jury award him $25 Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Donald Trump 10 years on, HPV vaccine halves cervical cancer rates Aboriginal mum highlights 'hypocrisy' over Nic Nat blackface controversy Outgoing National MP Maurice Williamson picks up plum LA diplomatic posting How four Batman movie massacre survivors ended up owing US theatre almost a million dollars Donald Trump accepts invitation to visit Mexico

A man threw a pipe bomb at an Indonesian provincial governor while he was on a stage but the device packed with nails failed to explode, police said Monday after arresting the suspect and a second man. No one was injured.

South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo was attending a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of his political party, the Golkar party, in the provincial capital, Makassar. Police are investigating whether Sunday's failed attack was linked to a known terrorism group or to the next gubernatorial election. Limpo is seeking re-election in the January poll.

White smoke poured out of the pipe bomb but it did not explode, said national police spokesman Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar.

The suspect, Awaluddin Nasir, 25, was beaten up by the crowd and arrested just after allegedly tossing the device.

Nasir led police to another suspect late Sunday, and security forces are still searching for at least two other men who escaped during a police raid near Pamajengang village. Dozens of officers are now surrounding the area.

Police seized a homemade bomb and two guns and are investigating a possible terrorism link. "We found similarities with the explosive used by a terrorist group in Poso," Amar said.

Poso was a flashpoint for violence between Christians and Muslims in which more than 1,000 people died in 2001 and 2002. Authorities believe the district is now a terrorist hotbed.

Indonesia has been battling terrorists since the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Terrorist attacks aimed at foreigners have been largely replaced in recent years by smaller, less deadly strikes targeting government, mainly police and anti-terrorism forces.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content