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Military police name nine more TNI members as suspects in Ciracas Police Station attack

Jakarta Post - September 17, 2020

Jakarta – The National Military Police Headquarters (Puspom TNI) has named nine more Indonesian Military (TNI) members as the suspects in an attack against the Ciracas Police Station in East Jakarta.

Puspom commander Maj. Gen. Eddy Rate Muis said that, with the addition of the nine suspects, there were now 65 suspects from the TNI in total.

According to Eddy, there are 57 suspects from the Army, seven suspects from the Navy and one suspect from the Air Force.

"Puspom TNI and the Navy and Air Force Military Police will continue to develop the case," Eddy said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

A mob reportedly comprising TNI personnel burned down two vehicles at the police station and vandalized nearby stores along Jl. Raya Bogor in the early hours of Aug. 29.

The incident occurred when Second Pvt. MI was allegedly driving under the influence early on Aug. 29 and was involved in a car accident at the Arundina fork in Ciracas, East Jakarta, resulting in minor injuries.

MI allegedly told his fellow soldiers that his injuries were caused by an attack by a group of people. Encouraged by esprit de corps, they allegedly attacked the Ciracas Police station.

Twenty-three people were reportedly physically assaulted in the attack, while 109 others have suffered material losses.

Jakarta Military commander Maj. Gen. Dudung Abdurachman said the TNI had paid over Rp 778 billion (US$52 million) in damages to those affected by the attack.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/17/military-police-name-nine-more-tni-members-as-suspects-in-ciracas-police-station-attack.html