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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