Bali police say 'backpack bomb' found turned out to be fireworks

JAKARTA - Bali police personnel  on Tuesday (Dec 20) safely detonated a backpack in the tourist village of Ubud which had the word "bomb" written on it, but said later the backpack turned out to contain nothing but low-explosive fireworks, Indonesian media reported. 

Gianyar Police chief Waluya said the bag had been found on Tuesday morning in front of a food stall on Jalan Raya Banjar Lungsiakan in the Kedewatan subdistrict, The Jakarta Post reported. 

The food stall’s owner, identified as I Ketut Suela, found the bag with an attached note bearing the word “bomb” when he was about to open his stall. 

"The backpack was filled with fireworks, low-explosive materials. We managed to detonate it before it exploded. We're still pursuing the person who left the backpack there," Mr Waluya said, according to The Jakarta Globe.

According to Waluya, Mr Suela had immediately asked people near his stall to move away as he reported the finding to village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa), who later called the local police.

Mr Waluya said the police did not find a detonator inside the backpack. 

In 2002, a group of people linked to extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah launched bombing attacks in Bali that killed 202 people. Three years later, a series of suicide bombings on the resort island by terrorists claimed the lives of 20 people and injured more than 100 others.