Police say 'large possibility' Jakarta attack linked to Islamic State

A suspected suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Indonesia's capital on Wednesday night killed a policeman and injured nine other people, including four officers, police said.

"Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern", he said. Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) officers were also on site guarding the area around the bus stop.

Authorities have not indicated who might be responsible but Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has been on high alert after a string of plots in recent times by militants inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group.

"In my opinion, this incident is related to global attacks and related to some groups that have attacked several places".

"The executors of the attack on the Indonesian police in Jakarta are ISIS fighters", the statement read. Initial investigations indicated the bombs were made out of pressure cookers and were carried in backpacks. He had earlier said he believed only one attacker was involved.

The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital.

Police said Wednesday's attack had targeted officers, using pressure cookers packed with explosives.

Another theory, advanced on Indonesian television by National Police spokesman Awi Setyono, is that Indonesian extremists might have been "triggered" by the ongoing clash between ISIS forces and the government of the Philippines, and by the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Two suspected suicide bombers reportedly killed three police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday night in the blasts.

Dicky Wahyudin, 37, said he had been drinking a coffee across the road when the attack happened, prompting people to flee.

The bus station bombing was the deadliest attack in Indonesia since January past year, when a suicide blast and gun assault claimed by ISIL left four attackers and four civilians dead in central Jakarta.

Six police officers and six civilians were also wounded in the twin blasts that were detonated five minutes apart by the two bombers.

The country has been hit by a series of low-level attacks since, usually claimed by IS-supporting groups, but most have caused little damage. Even if the main target was the police, why would an attack take place at a time when Muslims were celebrating the arrival of Ramadan?

"While we mourn, we must learn from these events as we do and sharpen our resolve to defeat the terrorists overseas and at home, " said Turnbull, referring also to the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in Britain that killed 22 this week.

  • Leroy Wright