Blast at Monas injures 2 military personnel, police say smoke grenade exploded

A crowd of people surrounding victims of a blast in Jakarta’s Monas (National Monument) on the morning of Dec. 3. Police say a smoke grenade exploded and injured two military personnel. Photo: Twitter
A crowd of people surrounding victims of a blast in Jakarta’s Monas (National Monument) on the morning of Dec. 3. Police say a smoke grenade exploded and injured two military personnel. Photo: Twitter

A smoke grenade exploded at Monas (National Monument) this morning, police said, injuring two military personnel.

In a press conference, Jakarta Metro Police Chief Eddy Pramono said that the incident occurred at around 7am today — a time when many Jakartans were doing their morning exercise within the Monas compound.

Argo said one of the two victims — who were going on a morning run with other military personnel — was handling the smoke grenade, which exploded, injuring himself and a colleague.

Police are looking into why there was a smoke grenade in the crowded public facility.

One of the two victims reportedly suffered severe injuries to his arm. The victims were taken to the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital for treatment.

Police have yet to determine what set off the smoke grenade and stressed that investigation into the matter is still in the early stages. That said, police have ruled out that the explosion was a terrorist attack.

Police say that Monas will reopen to the public as soon as their investigation into the explosion concludes.

We’ll update this developing story as soon as more information becomes available. In the meantime, check out the latest news stories in Coconuts Jakarta here.

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