Is­lamic State mil­i­tants claim at­tack in Jakarta

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

The scene had echoes of the Paris at­tacks: A bustling shop­ping area shaken by the blasts of sui­cide bombers and gun­fire as on­look­ers fled in ter­ror.

But when Thurs­day’s as­sault in cen­tral Jakarta was over, the death toll was far lower. Of the seven killed, five were the at­tack­ers them­selves and only two were civil­ians — a Cana­dian and an In­done­sian. An­other 20 peo­ple were wounded. Still, au­thor­i­ties and an­a­lysts be­lieve the vi­o­lence that left the city of 10 mil­lion on edge for hours was a loud an­nounce­ment of the Is­lamic State group’s pres­ence in the world’s largest Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tion. Sup­port­ers of the Is­lamic State group cir­cu­lated a claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity on so­cial me­dia.

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