Thursday, September 09, 2004

Suicide bomber likely at Jakarta Embassy

First posted at Tim Blair

The Jakarta bombing is a terrorist atrocity against the Indonesian people.

The Australian Embassy is positioned on a busy ten-lane boulevard in central Jakarta. It is well-protected with a high wall along the pavement with its building well back from the fence. A police truck and road barriers permanently reduce the service road outside the embassy to one lane to prevent parking in front.

IMO a bomb attack on the embassy would require a suicide bomber. But, even then, the main blast area had to be roadside thereby guaranteeing that all serious casualties were police, security staff and passers by.

The blast though blew out the windows of the embassy and about eight high rise office buildings alongside and opposite and there would surely be many hundreds of people cut by the flying glass.