Three dead confirmed in Jakarta double bombing

Al Jazeera

Two explosions strike bus station in Indonesia’s capital, killing three police officers and injuring ten other people.

Wednesday’s blasts in Jakarta appear to have targeted policemen [Reuters]

At least three people have died in two blasts at a public bus terminal in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say.

Police said Wednesday’s explosions were triggered by two “suicide bombers” and confirmed that three officer was killed along with the attackers.

Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said ten people were injured and are receiving medical care. Five were police officers, five were civilians.

“There were two blasts at around 9pm, close to each other, there are three victims,” Andry Wibowo, East Jakarta police chief, told TV station MetroTV.

“From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big.”

Police and witnesses said earlier they had heard two blasts during the attack.

“At first I saw smoke and shattered glass, the earth was shaking, I was shocked. After a few minutes there was another blast,” Rosmala, a woman at the terminal, told AFP news agency.

Another witness, Sultan Muhammad Firdaus, told local television station Kompas TV that he had heard two explosions.

“I was on a flyover and then I heard the first explosion,” he said. “There was a 10-minute gap between the two explosions.

“The explosions were quite loud, I could hear them clearly.”

Indonesia has long been fighting armed groups, but in recent years hundreds have flocked to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria and Iraq.

In 2016, a gun and suicide attack in Jakarta left four attackers and four civilians dead in the first assault claimed by ISIL, also known as ISIS, in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia has suffered a series of 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 ISIL has proved a potent new rallying cry for armed groups.

Source: News agencies

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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