The Ambon bomb blast which injured 14 people and who was behind it.
A bomb packed with nails exploded at the port of Ambon city today, wounding 14 people. The explosion rocked the Yos Sudarso port as passengers were disembarking from a ship, sending nails and other shrapnel into a crowd of motorbike taxi drivers waiting to collect customers, said Ambon police chief Senior Commander Trilulus Rahardjo.
The policeman said the presence of shrapnel confirmed the blast came from a bomb, but investigators were still unsure whether the device was hurled into the crowd or placed somewhere beforehand. Local residents said the explosion was heard two kilometres away.
While Trilulus declined to speculate on who might be responsible for the attack at the port, which is of course frequented by both Muslims and Christians, intelligence expert Wawan Purwanto said in Jakarta that the bombing was the first of a series of "test cases" by militant groups supported by foreigners. 2007 would see more examples of such small-scale "test case" bombings and by 2008 a full-scale bombing campaign would be underway, in Ambon, Poso, Papua, Medan, Jakarta, and a number of towns in Central Java.
All such bombings, said the expert, were part of foreign plots to destablise Indonesia in order to weaken the government.
Of the current bombing in Ambon Wawan, a senior lecturer at the Indonesian Intelligence School (Intitut Intelijen Negara (IIN)), said the police should focus their investigations on remaining members of the separatist Republic of South Maluku movement (Republik Maluku Selatan (RMS)). mediaindo
The head of the State Intelligence Agency, Badan Intelijen Negara (BIN) Syamsir Siregar, says the bomb was not planted by any terrorist group but was the result of an inter-neighbourhood feud. It was a crude, homemade device that almost anyone could put together, he said. mediaindo