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Blast Rocks Jakarta Stock Exchange

September 13, 2000

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ An explosion rocked Jakarta’s stock exchange Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring two more, police said.

More than 1,000 workers were evacuated from the office block in downtown Jakarta as thick black smoke billowed from a basement car parking area.

``I was in my office on the 20th floor,″ said Feri Indrianto, a stockbroker who was among the evacuees. ``I felt a big blast and heard a loud bang.″

The cause of the blast was not known, but police officers at the scene said they suspected a bomb. An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said at least one man was dead and two people were injured in the blast.

Indonesia has been hit by a series of unexplained bomb blasts in recent weeks in Jakarta and other major cities. On Aug. 1, a powerful bomb exploded outside the residence of Philippine Ambassador Leonides Caday, killing two people and injuring dozens, including the envoy.

Security concerns were heightened in Jakarta last month, when a small bomb exploded inside an unoccupied bus less that 300 yards from the building where former dictator Suharto is to be tried on corruption charges. No one was injured and damage was minimal.

Suharto’s case goes before a court again Thursday, when his doctors will be questioned about whether he is fit to stand trial.

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