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Bomb Explodes in Paris!

Interesting Article: "Blast shatters windows of Indonesian Embassy in Paris" by CNN / Paris published Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that an explosion in western Paris early Wednesday shattered several windows of the Indonesian Embassy, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Police are investigating the explosion, which took place around 5:15 a.m. Paris time in the upscale 16th district of the French capital. The precise target of the blast is unknown at the moment, the statement said. Would you like to know more?

The "tremendous explosion" appeared to have come from two cars parked in the street, according to Sid Hagan, a former U.S. soldier who lives in Paris and says he witnessed the explosion. The scene of the blast is a few hundred meters from the Trocadero gardens, a popular spot where tourists gather to enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower.

The French police are reportedly looking for three people in connection with the bomb that exploded near the Indonesian Embassy in Paris. There is an indication that the bomb was placed by three people. The police are now searching for them," State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman said as quoted by Separately, Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene told The Jakarta Post that the embassy was operating as usual, albeit with increased security measures. The embassy employee who first sighted the package stepped back before it exploded, according to reports.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack but Indonesian officials said it was unlikely the explosion was linked to domestic security threats. "In the mid-2000s there was a case of a small bomb explosion at the Indonesian embassy in Paris. It turned out to be a local incident, and nothing to do with a national threat," according to presidential spokesman on foreign affairs Teuku Faizasyah.

In 2004 a parcel bomb exploded outside the embassy, causing minor injuries—mostly cuts caused by flying glass from shattered windows—to 10 people. Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was then president-elect, condemned the attack as a "terrorist act." Years later, Indonesian media reported that police were pursuing a suspect—a French national linked to Indonesian radical groups.

Indonesia struggled in the past with terrorist groups within its own borders, committing attacks that include the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub that killed 202 people. The number of attacks has declined in recent years, though, as the country has become more aggressive in trying to neutralize radical groups in the archipelago nation.

It was not clear if there was a link between the bombing and recent attacks in southern France.



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