Jakarta twin blasts kill at least three
At least three people were killed and an Indonesian policeman injured after they appeared to have been caught in an explosion at a bus terminal on Wednesday night in East Jakarta.
According to eyewitnesses in the densely populated Kampung Melayu neighbourhood, the officer was hurt after two loud explosions were heard at about 9pm, reported Elshinta radio so far.
Jakarta Post reported that the blasts occurred at the Transjakarta bus terminal.
Details are still unclear but various witnesses have said the first and second blast occurred between five and 10 miniutes apart near a bus stop and a parking area for motorcycles.
"There were two blasts at around 9.00 pm, close to each other, there are three victims," East Jakarta police chief Andry Wibowo told TV station MetroTV, without saying whether the victims had been killed or injured.
"From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big." It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts at the Kampung Melayu terminal.
Photos and videos from the scene that circulated shortly after showed pieces of bloodied human flesh and dismembered body parts, including a limb and what appeared to be a severed head at the bus stop. A witness, Rohimat, told detik.com: "It was at the Kampung Melayu Terminal. Residents panicked, and ran. The explosion was very loud." He also said there was a strong smell after the blast.