2 Indonesian soldiers injured in explosion in central Jakarta
Robie de Guzman • December 3, 2019 • 159
Jakarta – Two Indonesian soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, in an explosion at the National Monument park in central Jakarta on Tuesday, military officials investigating the incident said.
Armed forces spokesperson Eko Margiyono said at a televised press conference that they suspect it was a case of a smoke grenade that exploded during a sports event in the park located near the presidential palace.
Police cordoned off the area, although the monument remained open to the public while investigations continued into the incident.
It was not clear whether the explosion was an accident or an attack.
The two soldiers, who were exercising in the park at the time of the explosion, suffered injuries to their arms and legs, according to images shared on social media.
They were transferred to the intensive care unit of the Gatot Subroto Army hospital, where their condition was stable, according to the authorities.
The incident comes three weeks after a suicide blast at a police station in Medan, on the island of Sumatra, which left six injured.
Indonesia has suffered several extremist attacks over the last two decades, including on the island of Bali in 2002, which killed 202. EFE-EPA
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta on Monday (October 28) issued an advisory regarding the Indonesian government’s newly imposed measures for travelers coming from the Philippines following the reported third case of polio virus infection in the country.
According to the advisory, all travelers from the Philippines who wish to enter and stay in Indonesia for at least four weeks need to have immunization from vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) Type 2.
Each traveler should, at least, present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) or other acceptable document as proof of anti-polio immunization.
The embassy added that in case the traveler is unable to present poof of immunization, Indonesian port authorities will provide vaccination and certification for a fee of IDR175,000 or about P675.
If the traveler refuses vaccination, the embassy said, he or she will be banned entry to Indonesia and eventually face deportation.
The advisory clarified, however, that the new measure applies only for travelers who intend to stay in Indonesia for at least four weeks.
Travelers who wish to stay for less than the given period are exempted from the forced vaccination.
Likewise, vaccination is not mandatory to departing passengers, the embassy said.
Two Indonesian vessels arrived at Alava Pier in Olongapo City on Tuesday (October 15) for a goodwill visit to the Philippines.
The ships, Bung Tomo-class corvette KRI John Lie (358) and SIGMA-class corvette KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368) will remain in the country until October 18.
The visit aims to establish diplomatic relations and promote Indonesian culture and tourism.
“The visiting navy personnel will engage their Filipino counterparts during confidence-building activities such as shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions, and friendly games,” according to the Philippine Navy.
It is the second goodwill visit of Indonesian Navy to the country this year following the arrival of their training ship KRI Bima Suci last August.—AAC
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