Numerous Casualties After Jakarta Floor Collapse

Indonesia Stock Exchange floor reportedly collapses, resulting in numerous casualties
Several injured after structure inside Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed

16 January, 2018

Plenty of people will have to answer for a building collapse in Jakarta's stock-market building today, but counter-terrorism forces won't be among them.

Commenting on the incident, Wasisto said that most of those injured were students from the province of Palembang who visited the stock exchange as part of a tour. There were no reports of deaths so far.

Footage aired by TV stations showed several people lying on the ground and being carrying outside the building. It was the target of a vehicle bombing by Islamist militants in September 2000.

The resumed stock trading opened lower at an index of 6,369.722 from the level before the collapse at 6,372.78.

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At least two dozen people were admitted to Jakarta's Siloam Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The complex, which also houses the local office of the World Bank, was targeted by Islamist militants in a auto bomb attack in 2000. "It's a floor where many employes are passing by". Water pipes had burst", Megha Kapoor said, adding: "I heard a loud cracking sound.

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan visited the site and said the city will "audit the building", which was last inspected by authorities in May. "I saw a lady unconscious stuck under a slab of concrete". Some of the injured included university students who were visiting the stock exchange at the time. Fifteen ambulances have left the scene carrying the injured, officers say.

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