Police Trace Source of Batik Air Bomb Threat
Jakarta. A joint investigation by police forces in Sulawesi was on Saturday tracing the source of a bomb threat made against a Batik Air flight on Friday.
Joint forces of Maros and South and West Sulawesi police were investigating the warning, which was sent to two Batik Air staff members.
“We are tracking down the location [of the sender],” , Maros police chief Adj Sr. Cmr. Hotman Sirait told Indonesian news portal Tempo.co on Friday.
A Batik Air plane en route from Ambon to Jakarta on Friday was forced to make an emergency landing at Makassar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport after two company staffers received bomb threats on their mobile phones.
Batik Air, the full-service subsidiary of low-cost carrier Lion Air, immediately alerted authorities and flight 6171 was diverted for a security check.
The text message that two Batik Air staffers received shortly after the plane departed at 6:40 a.m. local time, read, in Indonesian: “There is a bomb ready to explode on board Batik Air [April] 17 AMQ JKT.”
The plane, which carried 125 passengers, was checked by officers from the South and West Sulawesi Police’s bomb squad, but no explosives were found.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe