Bomb blast at home of Philippines ambassador to Indonesia
A bomb exploded this morning at the residence of the ambassador of the Philippines in central Jakarta, witnesses said. News update, 01/08/00, 9.20am
At least one man was killed and several injured. Witnesses and police at the scene said the bomb appeared to have been hidden in a car parked outside the house, located near several government offices and the homes of other foreign diplomats and senior government officials.
One corner of the ambassador's house was severely damaged by the blast, along with several buildings across the four–lane street.
Dozens of cars were also damaged. It was not immediately clear who was in the home at the time or if Ambassador Leonides Caday or other diplomatic staff were killed or hurt.
Office workers ran from their buildings nearby immediately after the powerful blast, which shook the downtown area.
Awitnesss said he saw a Mercedes sedan, parked on the street directly outside the home explode in flames. One man was pulled from the wreckage still alive.
The body of the dead man was seen lying on the street about 50 yards from the blast site.