Indonesian Stock Exchange Balcony Collapses, Injuring Scores



People being treated outside the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta on Monday after the collapse of a balcony onto a lobby floor. Credit Darren Whiteside/Reuters

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A balcony collapsed inside the Indonesia Stock Exchange building complex in Jakarta on Monday, injuring more than 70 people, according to the police.

A large number of Indonesian university students were said to be on the balcony when it suddenly collapsed beneath them just minutes after noon, officials said.

Many of the injured appeared to have suffered fractures, according to police and hospital officials.

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People could be seen lying on the ground after the collapse, which occurred near a Starbucks coffee shop. The building complex is in a business district near the city center, and international businesses and agencies, including the World Bank, have offices in the building where the stock exchange is located.

Officials ordered the immediate evacuation of the complex as rescue workers descended on the accident site and began looking into the cause of the collapse.

Maj. Gen. Setyo Wasisto, a police spokesman, ruled out the possibility of terrorism. “I am sure that this was not caused by a bomb,” he said.

Jakarta has been hit by multiple terrorist attacks in recent years, including an attack against a police post in central Jakarta in January 2016. The Indonesia Stock Exchange building was also struck in 2000 by two rogue army soldiers who planted a car bomb in the building’s basement, killing 15 people.

Farida Riady, a spokeswoman for the Indonesia Stock Exchange building’s management, apologized for the accident.

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