A bomb was thrown at the home of Golkar Party politician Martinus Anthon Werimon in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday morning (13/10) in an incident believed to be connected to next year’s local election. No fatalities were reported in the alleged attack.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said two unknown men on a motorcycle allegedly threw a homemade explosive device at the house, located inside a housing complex in Jayapura’s Kotaraja subdistrict, at around 3 a.m.
A car and a fence were damaged in the explosion.
“We are still investigating the motive. If it is related to the local election, we will investigate further,” Paulus said at the scene of the explosion on Thursday morning.
Police have collected debris from the explosion for further analysis at a forensic laboratory in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Paulus added.
Sr. Comr. Matinus Fachiri, chief of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Papua, said the bomb was made from low-explosive materials that are often used for blast fishing, the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection.
Martinus, who is the acting secretary general of Golkar’s provincial leadership board, called on the police to investigate the case and pursue the alleged mastermind behind the attack.
“As secretary general of Golkar in Papua, this terror attack on me must be viewed in a very serious light,” he said.
Jayapura will be among the 101 regions in Indonesia that will stage simultaneous local elections in February 2017.