Violence in Jakarta kills 3 security forces, injures over 160

13:43, April 15, 2010      

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Three members of security forces have been killed and 158 people sustained injury after a bloody clashes between hundreds of demonstrators and the forces on Wednesday in North Jakarta of Indonesia, the crisis center of Health Ministry reported here on Thursday.

All the fatalities were the members of security forces, an official of the center told Xinhua over phone. He said that all the wounded persons have been treated in several hospitals in the city.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday evening ordered an investigation into the bloody clashes.

"A comprehensive investigation on the violence will be held, to find out precisely the trigger and the background of the problem," President Yudhoyono said.

The deadly clashes erupted on Wednesday after the presence of hundreds of security forces at the compound of cemetery of a charismatic ulemas in north Jakarta.

The clashes turned violence as the residents apparently mistakenly believed that the forces to tear down the tomb of the cemetery and to demolish several buildings surrounding the tomb.

The president said that the security force should delay their mission despite it was legal if during the execution it caused serious violence. President Yudhoyono ordered a halt to the demolition.

Jakarta Vice governor Prijanto was quoted by Metro TV television as expressing his concerns on the violence and apologizing to the people.

Over 600 policemen have been deployed to the scene to secure the area, according to Jakarta police.

The violence draws condemnation from Islamic organizations, lawmakers and mass organization in the country.

Hundreds of people from a mass organization staged rally on Thursday, protesting the brutality in the violence.

Source: Xinhua


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