Thu, 03 Jul 2003

Police discover TNT and 154 bullets in Depok

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Police are investigating the discovery of a cache of explosives and bullets on Tuesday just five meters from the Mekarjaya subdistrict office in Sukmajaya, Depok, Bogor.

"We are still questioning some witnesses, including a pedicab driver named Ari who discovered the package," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Prasetyo said.

Ari found the suspicious package in a cardboard box and immediately reported his discovery to the police.

Inside the package, officers found 50 grams of TNT and 154 rounds of ammunition.

Prasetyo played down fears that the explosives and bullets were to be used in terror attacks in conjunction with the celebration of the National Police's 57th anniversary on Tuesday.

"The high explosives had not been wired up. Besides, we did not find any detonator. It was probably dumped there by the owner," he said.

TNT was reportedly used in the devastating Bali bombings on Oct. 12, 2002.

Prasetyo also said the police would launch an operation targeting civilians possessing illegal firearms and explosives, following a recent wave of deadly crimes involving firearms.

"There have been numerous reports filed with the police about people illegally possessing firearms," he said.

On Wednesday at 3 a.m., Ramdani, 24, was knocked from his motorbike by four armed robbers riding two RX King motorcycles on Jl. Otista III in East Jakarta.

The robbers pointed guns at the victim and stole his Honda Supra motorbike. Before fleeing the scene, one of the robbers fired a shot into the air.