5 killed in Jakarta bombing

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

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.

East Jakarta police chief Andry Wibowo told local television there are three victims in the attack, but didn't say if they were dead or injured.

A hospital official speaking on Metro TV said two policemen and a civilian were being treated, and all three were conscious. Of the nine wounded, four are police officers while the other five are civilians.

Indonesia, which holds one of world's largest Muslim populations, has been wary of a resurgence in radical Islamism as ISIS has renewed its efforts to recruit militants from the country.

The terrorist attack took place while the world was still mourning the victims of the suicide bombing of the concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, UK, only a day before.

Hundreds of radicals from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, have flocked overseas to fight with IS, and the country has seen a surge in plots and attacks linked to the jihadists over the past year.

In addition to the Ramadan parade, the New York Times noted that "thousands of white-clad Muslims" celebrated the governor's resignation on the streets in the hours leading up to the suicide bomb attack.

Police guard at scene of an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.

Asked whether there was a link between IS and the group behind the attack, national police spokesman Awi Setyono responded "yes there is", without giving further details.

"The first explosion I thought was just the normal sound of a bus tire exploding, because we are close to a terminal".

Three police officers and the suspected attackers have died.

Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers.

"As you all know that there has been global incidents in Manchester during Ariana Grande's show, there was an explosion there", Setyo Wasisto, another spokesman of the police said.

The government has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings by Al Qaeda-affiliated attackers that killed 202 people.

A sustained crackdown weakened the most risky networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

Hundreds of radicals from the Southeast Asian state have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that weakened extremist outfits could get a new lease of life.

The deadliest terrorist attack on Indonesian soil since January previous year has reignited concerns over rising sectarian tensions in the world's most populous Muslim majority nation.

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