US government issues warning following Jakarta bomb attack

"All US citizen visitors or residents in Indonesia should review their personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security, and exercise caution in large gatherings," the US Embassy in Indonesia stated.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The US government on Thursday has issued a warning calling on all US citizens in Indonesia to take precautions following a bomb attack which occurred near Kampung Melayu bus station in Jakarta on Wednesday night.

"All US citizen visitors or residents in Indonesia should review their personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security, and exercise caution in large gatherings," the US Embassy in Indonesia stated in its official website here on Thursday.

Furthermore, US citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor-updated information into personal travel plans and activities.

Specific safety concerns should be addressed to Indonesian law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety of all visitors to Indonesia, it stated.

For further information about security in Indonesia, US citizens could contact the US Embassy in Jakarta (https://id.usembassy.gov/) located at 5 Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, at +62-21 3435-9055/9054, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The after-hours emergency number for US citizens is+62-21 3435 9000, followed by pressing 0 for the operator. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Embassy can also be reached by e-mail at jakartaacs@state.gov.

The Jakarta bomb explosions that occurred on May 24 evening, just two days after Manchester terror attack, killed three police officers and two suspected suicide bombers.

One of the suicide bombers, identified by his initial as INS (40), was killed, with his head, legs, and body blown apart. Another suspect, believed to be a woman, was killed too.

Eleven people, including five police officers, two female university students, and drivers of public vehicles, were injured in the twin blasts that hit five minutes apart at 9 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. local time, respectively.

The injured victims were rushed to the Premier Jatinegara Hospital, Said Sukanto Kramat Jati Police Hospital, Budi Asih Hospital, and Hermina Hospital that were located nearby.

The police officers were on duty to guard a group of people who were holding a torch parade to welcome the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The parade had not yet passed by when the blasts occurred.(*)

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