Samarinda Bomb Not Related to Christmas: Police

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta  The National Police Public Relations Bureau Brig. Gen. Agus Rianto said that police had yet to receive information that the bomb attack on a church in Samarinda was related to possible Christmas and new year bombings.

An unidentified person allegedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at the front yard of Oikumene Church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan on Monday, November 13.

Agus Rianto said that the incident took place at around 10 am local time. “Around ten o’clock, the congregation had ended their Sunday service and left through the front door toward the parking lot when suddenly an unidentified man allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail,” he told reporters via short message service.

Having thrown the molotov cocktail, the perpetrator ran away and jumped into Mahakam river. Agus said locals who saw the incident pursued and eventually caught the perpetrator. “[The perpetrator] has been handed over to Samarinda Sebrang Police Precinct,” Agus said.

The incident left four persons wounded and damaged four motorcycles.