Public should stay calm after suicide bombing in Kartasura: Governor

Public should stay calm after suicide bombing in Kartasura: Governor

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo. (ANTARA)

Semarang, C Java (ANTARA) - Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has appealed for peace and calm among the masses after a unsuccessful suicide bombing attack in Kartasura on Monday evening, (June 3).

"The people are encouraged to go about their activities as usual, thereby allowing the police to work on handling (the case). It is expected that (they) would be able to soon expose the motives and reveal identity of the perpetrator," Ganjar remarked during a telephonic conversation on Tuesday morning.

Nonetheless, the people have also been urged to step up awareness and promptly notify the government and police in case they find or spot anything suspicious to ensure timely and effective handling.

Furthermore, Ganjar called on all parties not to share visual recordings of photographs or videos linked to the suicide bomb blast in Kartasura.

"Perhaps, it is better to not share (those recordings), so that people will not have to see those appaling images or visuals," he pointed out.

Ganjar stated that the national police conducted "Operation Ketupat” for regulating traffic and maintaining safety during Eid al-Fitr. Under the operation, the police are making efforts as a precautionary measure against any threat, including terrorist attacks.

The case of the failed suicide bombing in Kartasura is currently under investigation by the National Police's Densus 88 anti-terror squad.

"(Please be) patient, we are still awaiting (information) from the Densus or the official release from the Central Java Regional Police," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo remarked on Monday evening.

A suspected suicide bomber detonated a blast in front of the police post on Monday at around 22:20 p.m. local time.

The suspect sustained severe injuries on his legs and hands. He was taken to the nearby PKU Muhammadiyah and Moewardi Surakarta hospitals before later being moved to the Bhayangkara Police hospital in Semarang.

No casualties were reported in the attack.

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