Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian ride-hailing operator Gojek pledged to cooperate with the police in probing a bomb attack on the Medan city police headquarters in North Sumatra Wednesday allegedly involving a suspected driver of an online-based motorbike taxi.
“We are in contact with and coordinating with the police. We are ready to provide all our help and support for the investigation process,” Head of Gojek’s Corporate Affairs Nila Marita said in a press statement that ANTARA received in Jakarta on.
Marita, however, was reluctant to comment on the suspected suicide bomber wearing a jacket of an online-based motorbike taxi. “We cannot comment on the attribute worn by the suspected bomber,” she said.
Gojek condemned the bomb attack on the Medan city police headquarters, and expressed regrets to the wounded victims, she said and added that her company condones all acts of violence and anarchy, and backs the law enforcement agencies to secure communities.
Regarding this incident, the Indonesian police investigators are still examining the bomb used which injured six people.
The police investigators could not yet reveal whether the bomb was a high explosive or low explosive, National Police Spokesman Inspector General Mohammad Iqbal said earlier.
The investigators who were involved in examining the crime scene were from the National Police’s Densus 88 counter-terrorism squad, the North Sumatra Police’s Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (Inafis) unit and forensics units, he said.
The police investigators were also probing whether the suspected suicide bomber acted as a lone wolf or he belonged to a terrorist network, he said.
In March this year, Solimah, a housewife, detonated a home-made bomb inside her house in Sibolga, North Sumatra Province.
Indonesia has become the target of attacks by terrorists since 2000, and the spread of extremism and terrorism continues to threaten the country.
ANTARA noted that in May 2018, a church in the East Java city of Surabaya was attacked. Three years ago, ISIS supporters in Indonesia had launched a suicide bombing and shooting attack in Jakarta on January 14, 2016, which led to the deaths of eight people, including three innocent civilians.
The incident adds to the list of deadly assaults conducted by terrorist cells in Indonesia. From 2000 to 2012, more than a dozen attacks have taken place in the capital city, including the Australian embassy bombing on September 9, 2004, and the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel bombings on July 17, 2009.