TWO BLASTS ROCK JAKARTA

JUST two days af­ter the sui­cide bomb at­tack in Manch­ester, the United King­dom that killed 22, the In­done­sian cap­i­tal was rocked by two ex­plo­sions at a bus ter­mi­nal in the Kam­pung Me­layu area of the city. Au­thor­i­ties re­port at least two were killed, a poli

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ASUSPECTED sui­cide bomb at­tack rocked a busy bus ter­mi­nal in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal Jakarta last night, leav­ing at least one po­lice­man dead and five oth­ers in­jured.

“There has been a bomb. For now, we sus­pect it is a sui­cide bomb­ing,” deputy na­tional po­lice chief Syafrud­din told TV sta­tion TVOne. He said the bomber was killed along with one po­lice of­fi­cer. Five other po­lice­men were in­jured.

There were two blasts in Kam­pung Me­layu, where the bus ter­mi­nal is lo­cated, which is served by minibuses and buses.

East Jakarta po­lice chief Andry Wi­bowo told lo­cal TV sta­tion MetroTV that there were two blasts at around 9pm, close to each other.

“From the dam­age I can see the ex­plo­sions were pretty big”, he was quoted as say­ing.

An eye­wit­ness, Sul­tan Muham­mad Fir­daus, told TV sta­tion Kom­pas TV he heard two ex­plo­sions about 10 min­utes apart.

“The ex­plo­sions were quite loud, I could hear them clearly,” he said. He said he thought two po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured in the blast.

A hospi­tal of­fi­cial speak­ing on Metro TV said two po­lice­men and a civil­ian were be­ing treated, and all three were con­scious. An­other TV re­port said five peo­ple were wounded.

In­done­sia, the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, has long strug­gled with Is­lamic mil­i­tancy.

Hun­dreds of rad­i­cals from In­done­sia have flocked to fight with the Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tant group, spark­ing fears that weak­ened ex­trem­ist out­fits could get a new lease of life.

A gun and sui­cide at­tack in Jakarta left four at­tack­ers and four civil­ians dead in Jan­uary last year, and was the first as­sault claimed by IS in South­east Asia.

In­done­sia has suf­fered a se­ries of Is­lamic mil­i­tant at­tacks in the past 15 years, in­clud­ing the 2002 Bali bomb­ings that killed 202 peo­ple, mostly for­eign tourists.

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

In Mogadishu, a blast killed five civil­ians and in­jured six more yes­ter­day, a city spokesman said, un­der­scor­ing the abil­ity of Is­lamist in­sur­gents to carry out bomb­ings de­spite ter­ri­to­rial losses.

“We have con­firmed five civil­ians, in­clud­ing a mother and her son, died,” said Ab­d­i­fa­tah Omar Halane, spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor.

A Reuters re­porter at the scene saw burnt bod­ies and a wrecked car near a dam­aged po­lice check­point.

Also yes­ter­day, eight Kenyan se­cu­rity of­fi­cers were killed on the Kenyan side of the So­mali bor­der in two sep­a­rate road­side bomb­ings.

Al Shabaab claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the first at­tack.

Adding to the vi­o­lence, a small ji­hadist group in the north of So­ma­lia has split from the main in­sur­gency and de­clared al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State.

AGENCY PIX

Po­lice at the scene of an ex­plo­sion near a bus ter­mi­nal in the Kam­pung Me­layu area, Jakarta.

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