Ten hurt in bomb blast atIndonesian embassy in Paris

8th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Ten people were lightly injured when a bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris on Friday, breaking windows and damaging vehicles but causing no serious destruction.

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Ten people were lightly injured when a bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris on Friday, breaking windows and damaging vehicles but causing no serious destruction.  

Nine of the injured - who included four embassy staff members - were treated for cuts in local hospitals and the tenth was tended at the scene in the exclusive 16th district in the west of the capital.  

The explosive device was left on the pavement beneath the Indonesian flag flying from the embassy building on a narrow street corner and went off shortly after 5:00 am

It left a small crater some 50 centimetres (20 inches) wide by 20 centimetres deep, which anti-terrorist experts were examining three hours later amid the morning rush hour. Streets around the embassy were sealed off as workmen cleared up the debris of broken glass.  

"It was an explosive device placed in front of the embassy - probably a bomb of medium size which shattered windows up to 30 metres away and damaged several vehicles parked around it," Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin told reporters at the scene.  

"To our knowledge there has been no specific threat (against Indonesian interests) but the enquiry will establish that fully," he said. The minister was to chair a morning meeting of the Interior Intelligence Council, which comprises intelligence chiefs, to assess the significance of the blast.  

Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin condemned the bomb blast and vowed that the investigation would be "swift and thorough".  

President Jacques Chirac, who is in Vietnam, sent a "message of support" to Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, assuring him that "all measures would be taken to investigate this criminal act," a spokesman said.  

Indonesia's president-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also condemned the attack, saying: "I'm saddened by and condemn the act of violence against our embassy in France. We call on the French government to uphold law and provide further protection for our citizens in France."  

Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim nation, has in past months been the target of extremist attacks. In August 2003 a suicide bomber killed 12 people in an attack on the US-franchised J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta. The attack was blamed on the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group.  

The group is also believed to have been behind the September 2003 truck bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta which killed nine people, and is suspected of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202.  

"The foreign ministry has called on all Indonesian embassies around the world to be on alert and vigilant," foreign ministry spokesman Yuri Thamrin said in Jakarta.  

Indonesian police have named two Malaysians, Azahari Husin and Noordin Muhammad Top, as prime suspects in the attack on the Australian embassy and warned they could be planning further strikes. The two men remain on the run.  

Friday's explosion occurred in an upscale part of Paris, a quiet neighbourhood which is the site of many embassies.  

"There was a big light and then a huge explosion," said local resident Pierre Jacquoy.  

"I heard a boom so I went to the window and I saw people running, scared," said another neighbour Henri Miquel.

 

 

© AFP

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