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Indonesian embassy not target of blast, security sources say

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Latest update : 2012-03-22

The Indonesian embassy in Paris was not the target of a bomb blast, security officials said Thursday, citing closed circuit TV cameras that showed the homemade bomb was moved away from the building before it exploded early Wednesday morning.

AFP - The Indonesian embassy was not the intended target of a bomb blast outside the mission in Paris, Indonesia's intelligence chief said Thursday.

The homemade parcel bomb exploded outside the embassy on Wednesday, causing serious damage to surrounding buildings but no injuries, French police said.

Indonesian intelligence agency head Lieutenant General Marciano Norman told reporters in Jakarta that closed circuit television (CCTV) footage had shown the bomb had been moved away from the embassy before exploding.

He said the package was initially placed in a garbage bin outside the embassy.

"About 10 minutes later, somebody came and moved it to the other side of the street. Only after that, it exploded.

"Based on the CCTV footage, we can strongly say that the bomb was not targeting the Indonesian embassy," he said.

"That's our new finding for the time being".

The bomb exploded around 5:00am, when the streets of western Paris were relatively quiet, blowing out windows in a 50-metre radius and setting fire to two cars.

French police chief Michel Gaudin visited the scene after the blast, accompanied by his chief of staff, who told reporters that a bag had been spotted under the embassy's windows by a worker clearing bins in the street.

"He looked inside the bag, opened it and thought it must be a bomb since he saw a canister attached to wires. He dropped it, left the area and called the police. That's when it exploded," Jean-Louis Fiamenghi said.

Fiamenghi said the bomb could have contained "several kilos of explosives".

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A similar bombing occurred at the Indonesian embassy in Paris in 2004 at around the same time of day.
 

Date created : 2012-03-22

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