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Jakarta Post

East Jakarta suicide blasts likely linked to IS: Police

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 25, 2017   /   03:41 pm
East Jakarta suicide blasts likely linked to IS: Police Indonesian police spokesman Setyo Wasisto holds up a photograph showing gathered material collected as evidence from a suicide bombing site, during a press conference in Jakarta on May 25, 2017. Indonesia's elite anti-terror squad was on May 25 investigating a suicide bombing attack near a busy Jakarta bus station that killed three policemen, the latest assault in the Muslim-majority country as it faces a surge in militant plots. (AFP/Adiba)

National Police spokesperson Awi Setiono said on Thursday that the Kampung Melayu suicide bomb attack is likely linked to the Islamic State movement.

“It is most likely linked to IS, but we are still investigating its possible connection to the international ISIS network,” Awi said at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Thursday.

He said the attack was similar to a terrorist attack in Bandung in February, when a bomb was detonated at the Pandawa field before the perpetrator ran to the Arjuna subdistrict office where a shootout with the police took place. There were no casualties in the incident apart from the perpetrator who was shot by the police. 

“It was the same type of bomb as the one in Bandung, except it [the attack] was executed properly,” he said. 

IS-affiliated Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD) was believed to be behind the Bandung attack. 

(Read also: Jakarta bombing attack a retaliation against police: Analyst)

Awi said that the police had been warned of being the target of such attacks.

“With what happened in Manchester and Marawi, Densus 88 have warned the police to anticipate an attack, but we did not know when and where it would happen,” Awi said. 

The police, he added, had conducted a search of a house in Bandung possibly connected to the attack. (dis/jun)