Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Navy spokesman Commodore Untung Surapati has confirmed that one of the three hijackers of a Lebaran train from Malang, East Java, to Jakarta on Saturday was a member of the Navy`s Marine Corps.

"One of the three hijackers was a Navy`s Marine Corps member, First Sergeant Darso," Untung said here on Saturday.

He said the motive behind the hijacking of the train was not yet known and an intensive investigation into the case was now in progress.

Untung said that Darso`s act violated the soldier`s oath. He said that in carrying out his actions Darso had used a toy gun. "Ordinary people are not able to differentiate between toy and real arms," he added.

"Darso is a marine working at the Main Naval Base (Lantamal) III," Untung said, adding that based on information he had received, Darso and three other civilians hijacked the Gajayana executive train when it passed through Cikampek railway station in West Java.

Untung said the marine and three other hijackers forced the driver of the ill-fated train to divert its route to Senen station instead of Gambir station in Jakarta.

The normal route of the Gajayana executive train from Malang, East Java, to Cikampek station actually passes Bekasi, Jatinegara, and ends at Gambir station but it was diverted to Senen station.

Untung said that for his act, Darso would face severe punishment.

The hijacking drama triggered by Darso and his friends ended at Senen railway station where they exchanged fire with policemen.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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