Sce­newas sim­i­lar to Paris, butwith far fewer deaths

Cap­i­tal city Jakarta joins list of tar­gets hit by ter­ror­ist group

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

jakarta, in­done­sia » The scene had echoes of the at­tacks in Paris: 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 much lower. Of the seven peo­ple killed, five were the at­tack­ers, whowere af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist group. The other two were civil­ians — a Cana­dian and an In­done­sian. An ad­di­tional 20 peo­ple were wounded.

Still, au­thor­i­ties and an­a­lysts be­lieve the vi­o­lence that left the city of 10 mil­lion on edge for hour­swas a loud an­nounce­ment of the Is­lamic State’s pres­ence in theworld’s largest Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity na­tion.

Sup­port­ers of the Is­lamic State cir­cu­lated a claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity on so­cial me­dia re­sem­bling the ter­ror­ists’ pre­vi­ous mes­sages.

The at­tack­ers car­ried hand­guns, grenades and home­made bombs. They struck a Star­bucks cafe and a po­lice traf­fic booth in what was the In­done­sian cap­i­tal’s high­est- pro­file at­tack in six years. Au­thor­i­ties said they found a large, un­det­o­nated bomb and five smaller devices in a build­ing near the cafe.

“So we think ... their plan was to at­tack peo­ple and fol­lowit up­with a larger ex­plo­sion when more peo­ple gath­ered,” said Maj. Gen. An­ton Char­liyan, the spokesman of In­done­sia’s na­tional po­lice. “But thank God it didn’t hap­pen.”

Jakarta po­lice chief Maj. Gen. Tito Kar­na­vian said the at­tack­ers had links with the Is­lamic State and were part of a group led by Bahrum Naim, an In­done­sian ter­ror­ist now in Syria.

“We have iden­ti­fied all at­tack­ers,” Char­liyan said.

Mem­bers of a po­lice bomb squad in­spect a po­lice post where an ex­plo­sion went off in Jakarta, In­done­sia, on Thurs­day. At­tack­ers af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist group set off ex­plo­sions at a Star­bucks cafe in a bustling shop­ping area in the cap­i­tal and waged gun­bat­tles with po­lice. Tatan Syuflana, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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