Fri, 19 Mar 1999

Three killed in separate incidents in E. Jakarta

JAKARTA (JP): A technical high school student was stabbed to death on Wednesday, while two other men were also killed on Thursday in separate incidents, all in Duren Sawit district, East Jakarta, a police officer said.

City police spokesman Lt. Col. Zainuri Lubis said on Thursday the student victim was identified as Joko Ariyanto, 17, a resident of Jl. Baru, Cakung, North Jakarta.

Joko, along with fellow students from STM Budi Mulia high school, was involved in a brawl with residents on Jl. Jembatan Baru at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Joko died from severe stab wounds to the back and head," Lubis said.

He said the incident started when Joko and his friends began brawling with a group of students from another school, the identity of which is still unknown.

Residents tried to stop the brawl, but soon became enmeshed in the fighting when students began pelting them with stones, Lubis said.

Angry residents, some of them armed with swords, chased the students and stabbed Joko, he said.

Police officers called to the scene managed to stop the brawl, Lubis said.

Joko was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died on the way, he said.

According to Lubis, residents had developed ill-will to students as they were frequent student clashes in the area.

"We are still investigating the case," Lubis said, adding police were yet to arrest any suspects.

Separately on Thursday, a 26-year-old man, identified as Jakfar Talib, was stabbed to death in a brawl on Jl. Kandang Sapi, Lubis said.

Jakfar and four friends were involved in a fight with approximately 15 unidentified men at about 1:30 a.m., he said.

Jakfar was fatally stabbed in the abdomen and head during the brawl, while his friends managed to flee, he said.

The cause of the fight remained unclear, Lubis said.

A third victim, identified as Iwan Kurniawan, 26, was found dead with severe stab wounds to the stomach and neck at his rented room in Cilangkap area, Duren Sawit.

Lubis said locals found Iwan lying on the floor in a pool of blood at approximately 8 a.m.

He said police officers found a blood-stained knife at the scene, believed to have been the murder weapon.

Nearby residents heard the victim cry out at about 5 p.m. but did not investigate because they thought Iwan was only sick, Lubis said. (jun)