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Bomb explosion in Indonesia injures 5 people

First Published Sep 08 2012 05:36 pm • Last Updated Sep 08 2012 05:36 pm

Jakarta, Indonesia • Police say a bomb being prepared for a terrorist attack has exploded at a house near Indonesia’s capital, injuring five people.

Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said Sunday that the strong blast went off late Saturday in Depok, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta.

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Police say the house, listed as an orphanage but never opened to the public — was actually a militant safe house. Five people were severely injured and hospitalized, including a man whose hand was cut off and a woman with head wounds.

Police are searching for two suspects who escaped.

Rikwanto says the seven people at the house were apparently preparing bombs for terrorist attacks.

Indonesia has been hit by a string of terror attacks blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants

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