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Islamic State Claims Deadly Indonesia Attacks

Two civilians, five terrorists killed, officials say

Deadly explosions and gunfire struck Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Thursday in what authorities have called a terrorist attack. Photo: Getty Images
JAKARTA, Indonesia—Multiple blasts and gunfire wreaked havoc in the Indonesian capital on Thursday in what officials said were coordinated Islamic State-linked terror attacks, leaving two civilians and five assailants dead.
A Canadian and an Indonesian died along with the five terrorists after the attackers struck in the heart of downtown Jakarta, setting off explosions and opening fire on those trying to flee the mayhem, Indonesian police said.
The extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks in an official Arabic-language statement distributed to its social media accounts, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors global jihadist activity.
This video contains material that some might find disturbing. Multiple explosions and gunfire hit Indonesian capital Jakarta. Witnesses said they saw at least six explosions, including blasts at a police station and on a corner next to a Starbucks cafe and a Burger King, near the Sarinah shopping mall. Photo: Reuters.
“In a unique security operation, a group of Islamic State soldiers targeted a group of Crusader citizens who are fighting the Islamic State in Jakarta,” the statement said. “May the civilians of the Crusader alliance and those who protect them know that there is no safety for them in the lands of Muslims after today, God willing.”
The gun-and-bomb assaults—the first major attack in the capital since two, near-simultaneous hotel bombings in July 2009—targeted an area popular with shoppers and tourists and were set in motion late Thursday morning as a suicide bomber detonated a device at a Starbucks, killing himself but no one else, police said.
Two more suicide bombers detonated blasts as motorists left their cars and joined hundreds fleeing the area. A Canadian citizen was shot near the Starbucks and an Indonesian was killed by shrapnel, police said.
Police shot and killed two other militants, leaving all five attackers dead, and said they found six small bombs after sweeping the area. Twenty civilians were injured, including a Dutch national and a German, officials said.
A spokeswoman for Canada’s foreign department said the government was working with Indonesian authorities to confirm the identity of the believed Canadian victim.
Officials said the militants came from an Islamic State-linked group in Solo, a city on Indonesia’s main island of Java, and had been in contact with terrorists in Syria. “We have detected communications between a Syrian group and the Solo group,” Deputy Police Chief Budi Gunawan said.
Indonesia has been on heightened alert for terrorism after police arrested several Islamic State-linked militants who were planning attacks during the holiday season in December. Police said the group had indicated there would be a “concert in Indonesia,” leading authorities to deploy more than 150,000 officers to guard places of worship and other public areas during the holiday season. Thursday’s perpetrators were from the same group, police said.
“There has been clamor among the ISIS community in Indonesia for [the militant group] to do something to show ISIS central leadership that Indonesia is important also,” said Todd Elliott, a terrorism analyst from Concord Consulting, referring to Islamic State.

Starbucks: Explosion sends patrons
fleeing as gunmen wait outside
Police post:
Two more suicide
bombers explode devices
area of shootout
Police post
1/4 mile
1/4 km
Sources: Law enforcement officials; witnesses; OpenStreetMap; photo by GoogleEarth
Experts had warned that Indonesians who have gone abroad to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State would have increased their tactical capacity to carry out terror attacks. Hundreds of Indonesians are among the foreigners who have rallied to Islamic State in the Middle East, authorities say.
The bombings ended a lengthy period without a major terrorist attack in Jakarta, the capital of the world’s most Muslim-populous nation and one with a reputation for moderate Islam.
In the 2000s, the city was hit by multiple terrorist attacks, including two separate assaults on a hotel run by JW Marriott, and a 2004 attack on the Australian embassy by an Southeast Asian terror network known as Jemaah Islamiyah. Some members of the group fought in Afghanistan and its leaders claimed to represent al Qaeda in the Malay archipelago.
The group also was responsible for Indonesia’s most deadly terrorist attack—the 2002 Bali nightclub bombs that killed 202 people, mainly Western tourists.
Indonesia successfully raised its counterterrorism efforts in the wake of the Bali bombings.

Indonesia’s Long Battle with Terror

Some major terrorist attacks, arrests and convictions in Indonesia.

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January 2016: At least seven people are killed after four suicide bombers blow themselves up in downtown Jakarta.
Pictured: A police armored personnel carrier is parked near the scene of the attack. Darren Whiteside/REUTERS
August 2000: A bomb kills two at the Philippines Embassy in Jakarta and seriously injures ...
Dec. 24, 2000: Bombs kill 19 at 11 churches across Indonesia.
Pictured: Cars destroyed from a bomb blast outside a Catholic school in Jakarta. REUTERS
October 2002: Two bombs explode in a nightclub district in Bali, killing 202, mostly tourists. Three men go on trial for the bombings in May 2003 and are eventually sentenced to death. In November 2008, the Bali bombers are executed.
Pictured: Firefighters gather to extinguish a fire after a bomb blast in Bali that destroyed a nightclub in Denpasar. ASSOCIATED PRESS/RADAR BALI
August 2003: A car bomb kills 12 at a Jakarta hotel.
Pictured: Smoke billows from burning cars at the JW Marriott hotel on Aug. 5. Reuters
September 2004: A car bomber kills 11 at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
Pictured: The Australian flag from the country's embassy flies next to a building badly damaged in the bomb attack. REUTERS
October 2005: Bombs at three restaurants in Bali kill 25 people.
Pictured: Chairs and tables lie on the ground at the Jimbaran Fish Cafes after a bomb blast on October 1. Jason Childs/Getty Images
July 2009: Suicide bombings at two Jakarta hotels kill nine people.
Pictured: Ritz-Carlton hotel staff are evacuated in an open field across from the bombed hotel on July 17 after an explosion hit the Ritz-Carlton and the nearby JW Marriott hotel. Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
September 2009: Indonesia’s most-wanted man, Noordin M. Top, dies in a police shootout in Solo, Central Java.
Pictured: An image released by Indonesian police showing Noordin M. Top. REUTERS
June 2011: Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Bali bombers, is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Pictured: Mr. Bashir waits inside a cell before his trial. Beawiharta/REUTERS
September 2012: Police arrest eight terror suspects, accused of plotting attacks against officials and police.
Pictured: Indonesian antiterror policemen stand guard on the street as they raid a house in Solo for suspects. MUHAMMAD ALI/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
October 2012: Police arrest 11 suspects over an alleged plot to attack U.S. interests.
Pictured: Indonesian forensic police check a handmade bomb outside a house after a raid in Solo. MUHAMMAD ALI/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
December 2015: Police arrest nine suspected Muslim militants in Tasikmalaya and two in Bekasi, West Java.
Pictured: Police officers place a police line outside a house where a suspected militant was arrested in Bekasi. Associated Press
January 2016: At least seven people are killed after four suicide bombers blow themselves up in downtown Jakarta.
Pictured: A police armored personnel carrier is parked near the scene of the attack. Darren Whiteside/REUTERS
August 2000: A bomb kills two at the Philippines Embassy in Jakarta and seriously injures the ambassador.
Pictured: Embassy staff react in front of the bomb-damaged ambassador's residence. CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jemaah Islamiyah was disrupted by an Indonesian antiterrorism police unit, whose members received training from the U.S. After the last major attack in Jakarta—on the JW Marriott in 2009, which left nine people dead, including the bombers—the police unit tracked down and killed a Malaysian leader of the group and arrested scores of other militants.
There have been sporadic attacks in outlying areas of Indonesia, a nation of over 17,000 islands, but Jemaah Islamiyah is widely thought by analysts to be much diminished. In recent years, terrorists have focused their resources on assaulting police, the force responsible for overseeing counterterrorism efforts in Indonesia.
President Joko Widodo condemned Thursday’s assault, saying that “the nation and the people must not be afraid, must not be defeated by terrorism like this.”
Indonesians expressed outrage on Twitter with the hashtags #KamiTidakTakut (We Are Not Afraid) and #prayforjakarta. Motorcycle taxis and ride-sharing Internet services offered free rides to people from the attacks site.
Indonesian stocks and currency, the rupiah, declined after the attacks but then recovered somewhat following an interest-rate cut by the country’s central bank.
The blasts occurred an hour before hundreds of diplomats, students and officials were planning to gather for a lunch event in the mall next door. “We were very lucky because we were expecting a lot of ambassadors and officials,” said Dino Patti Djalal, head of the event’s organizer, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia.