Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A Jakarta metropolitan police bomb squad detonated a suspicious package a local resident named Iskandar had received on Saturday.

The package was received by the resident of Cempaka Putih Tengah Block B-5 Number 39, Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, Chief of Central Jakarta police Senior Commissioner Hamidin said.

The bomb squad personnel`s metal detector indicated suspicious materials inside that package. Therefore, they decided to explode it at 02.15 PM local time, he said.

"We decided to dispose of it though it did not have explosive materials," he said.

Hamidin said Iskandar reported the receipt of a suspicious package on Saturday to the police. The bomb squad was then deployed to examine the package.

Earlier in the day, the Jakarta metropolitan police also disposed of a package Jakarta-based Muhammadiyah University`s Rector, Masyitoh Chusnan, had received at 12.00 AM local time.

The bomb squad did not find any explosive material inside the package which was delivered to Masyitoh Chusnan by somebody named Erlinda, he said.

A series of bomb threats have rocked parts of Indonesia this week.

On Tuesday, four packages containing books with bombs planted in them were sent to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, activist of the Islam Liberal Network, Goris Mere, the chief of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, Yapto Soeryosumarno, the chief of the Pancasila Youth organization, and Ahmad Dhani, a musician.

Then, a plastic bag containing a bomb was also found in Cibubur, Bogor district.

A Bank Central Asia (BCA) building at Serpong Road, Banten Province, also received a bomb threat on Friday.

On Saturday, a church at Titi Papan Road in Medan, North Sumatran province, also received a bomb threat.

However, a bomb planted in a book in Jakarta on Tuesday exploded and injured three people.

In response to these bomb threats, House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie urged the police to immediately unveil the perpetrators of the recent parcel bomb scare so that it would not turn into a political issue.

"I suspect the bomb terror was carried out by a network rather than individuals judging by the targets," he said.

Indonesia has been fighting terrorist cells in the country since the 2002 Bali bombings that claimed 202 lives, including 88 Australian holiday makers.

Two years before the terrorists attacked the resort island of Bali, Indonesia was rocked by the Christmas eve bombings in 2000.

The latest bombing incident occurred in July 2009. At that time, two suicide bombers simultaneously attacked two luxurious hotels in South Jakarta, killing several people.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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