At least one dead after two blasts at Jakarta bus terminal

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim has advised Malaysians residing in Indonesia to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas.

A gun and suicide attack in Jakarta in January a year ago, which left left four attackers and four civilians dead, was the first assault claimed by the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia.

The cause of the blasts at the Kampung Melayu terminal, frequented by minibuses and buses, was not immediately clear.

National Police spokesman, Setyo Wasisto, said that an examination of the scene showed that there appeared to have been two suicide bombers, not one as originally thought. The suspected perpetrator fled into a municipal building and set it alight before he was fatally shot by police.

She said the goal of the attack was also to show their presence following numerous police actions in past years that had weakened terrorist groups in the country.

One policeman was injured, he said, without confirming any deaths.

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Pressure cookers, filled with explosive materials, nails and buckshots, were in the device used by suicide bombers in the twin blasts that went off five minutes apart, Reuters reported. "Police have taken their relatives for questioning and DNA tests", Makhfudiharto told The Associated Press.

Indonesia has always been in war against armed groups but in recent years hundreds of terrorists have gone to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq for fighting.

Human body parts - including a severed head - and shattered glass were strewn across the road following the attack, which happened as police were helping to secure a parade by a local group. In March, police shot dead a suspected JAD member and wounded another as they tried to escape a raid. Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked overseas to fight with the jihadists and IS-supporting militants have been behind a series of recent plots and attacks in the archipelago.

Last month, six suspected Islamic militants were killed in a standoff with police.

In December 2016, Indonesian counterterrorism police killed three militants in a gunfight outside Jakarta; the attackers had planned to stab traffic police and detonate a bomb afterwards.

"On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved families".

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