Bogor. Two security guards at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) were shot dead on Friday, reportedly after they caught some thieves attempting to steal motorcycles during Friday prayer.
Supriatna, 44, and Suhardi, 46, were found dead in the yard of the Al-Hurriya mosque inside the IPB campus in Bogor, West Java, shortly after gunshot sounds dispersed the crowd of male Muslims who were just about to perform the Friday prayer in the mosque.
“I heard four gunshots, and then some other shots. It became chaotic and people got down on the floor,” IPB executive secretary Bonny P. W. Soekarno said in Bogor on Friday.
He said he then left the mosque to see what happened when he saw Suhardi already laying still, while Supriatna tried to crawl before he died.
“People only saw a shooter escaping with a motorcycle,” Bonny added.
The remains of the two victims were admitted to Karya Bhakti Hospital, while the autopsies will be performed at the Bogor Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Hospital, according to Bogor Police chief detective Adj. Comr. Imron Ermawan, as quoted by kompas.com.
Imron refused to say more, adding police were still investigating the incident, but information gathered from witnesses suggests that the two security guards were trying to prevent some thieves from stealing motorcycles parked in the mosque’s yard.