‘Bomb Vehicle’ and Driver Caught After Police Chase

DENPASAR

Police have found a car suspected to be a bomb vehicle after an island-wide hunt. The vehicle, driven by a man named by police as Edy Yunianto of Kediri, East Java, was spotted in Renon at 8pm last Tuesday and stopped, following a chase, in Jl Diponegoro.

Yunianto and the vehicle, a silver Toyota Avanza, were said to have entered Bali covertly, possibly through a ferry landing in Buleleng. He was thought to be carting materials for bomb-making.

First reports of the suspect vehicle and driver emerged the weekend before last.

Last Tuesday bomb squad police with sniffer dogs searched the vehicle, which had different number plates at the front and back, after it was stopped and the area cordoned off.

They found cardboard material and electrical equipment. Police also found a suspicious cardboard carton outside a house in Jl Tukad Aya Yeh, Panjer, and evacuated that area as well.

Mobile Brigade police were called in to assist with the security operation.

The cordoned-off areas were isolated for two and a half hours.

According to police their suspicions about the car on Tuesday began when he fled a traffic police check for car registration and driver licences. The car had driven away at speed and police went in pursuit.

Bali Police said Yunianto had told them he had lived in Bali for three months and this month joined with three friends he named as Deni, Dadang and Yongki. Police have been unable to find the men.

Yunianto said he and his friends first lived at three hotels and then at a boarding house in Jl Tukad Batanghari in Denpasar.

Bali Police spokesman Gede Sugianyar said Yunianto’s vehicle was carrying wires, a number of electronic tools and carpentry.

Buleleng Police set up tougher security and surveillance operations after the reported arrival there of the suspect car.

Earlier reports said Bali Police and the anti-terrorist unit Densus 88 were looking for a car suspected to contain explosives and believed to have entered Bali at Gilimanuk, the main Java ferry port.

Police were said to be believe the man was from Magelan in Central Java and to have links with a terrorist organisation.

A source who declined to be named said security had again been tightened at Gilimanuk and Padang Bai and bus terminals including Ubung in Denpasar, where buses from Java terminate, placed under increased surveillance.

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