Fourth ‘Book Bomb’ Discovered in Jakarta


Police have found a “book bomb” in Jakarta, the fourth in a series of incidents in the capital this week.

The latest bomb, hidden in a hollowed-out book entitled Jewish Militant, was addressed to local rock musician Ahmad Dhani, who is known for his songs protesting against religious extremism.

“The package was delivered to his house on March 15 but it was not opened,” Jakarta police spokesman Baharudin Djafar said on Thursday.

“The police were called to look at the package today. We found a bomb in it and defused it,” he added.

On Tuesday police found three similar bombs, one of which exploded and injured four people. That package was addressed to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a well-known liberal Muslim figure who espouses pluralism and religious tolerance.

The other bombs were mailed to former top counter-terrorism police official Goris Mere and youth organisation Pemuda Pancasila chairman Yapto Suryosumarno.

National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT) chief Ansyaad Mbai said on Wednesday that regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was behind the “book bombs”.

The country has been rocked by a series of bombings in recent years staged by JI, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

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