Jokowi, home affairs minister call for calm and unity in wake of Jakarta attack
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Jokowi, home affairs minister call for calm and unity in wake of Jakarta attack

INDONESIAN President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the country’s Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo have both called for unity in the wake of the suicide bombing in Jakarta that left three police officers dead.

“I’m calling on all Indonesians to stay calm and maintain unity. We have to continue to keep the peace,” said Jokowi on Thursday, as quoted by Tempo.

Two suicide bombs ripped through a bus station in Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu neighbourhood late on Wednesday, killing the perpetrators and police officers set to accompany a pre-Ramadan parade. At least 10 more were injured.


The mother (C) of Indonesia policeman Imam Gilang Adinata, a victim of a bomb blast at Kampung Melayu bus station, mourns near his coffin in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 25, 2017. Source: Reuters/Beawiharta

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“I would like to express my sincere condolences to the victims and their families,” said the president. “Both [to] those in the hospital and those who died, particularly police officers fallen in the line of duty.”

The Indonesian leader has only just returned from the Riyadh Summit in Saudi Arabia aimed at combating violent extremism, which was attended by the leaders of Muslim-majority nations and US President Donald Trump.

Minister Tjahjo released a written statement which read:

“Let’s fight against radicalism and terrorism in Indonesia; the people, the nation must unite to fight against all kinds of radicalism, terrorism. Indonesia should not give in to radicalism and terrorism.”

In an interview with Metro TV, Jokowi said that he would “clobber” any group threatening the peace or stability in Indonesia.

“Because it is very fundamental: Pancasila, a united Republic of Indonesia, the 1945 constitution, ‘Unity in Diversity’. If anybody tries to change these, shift these, there are no other words.”

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The leaders of several of Indonesia’s close neighbours expressed their condolences for the people of Jakarta.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak continued, “Even as terrorists try to intimidate us, we mustn’t fear them. Each atrocity must harden our resolve. Now more than ever is the time to be united.”

“Australia stands with Indonesia,” said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.