Three police officers killed by bomb blast in Indonesia

Joni also said that body parts were spotted at the scene of the blast, with those injured taken to a nearby hospital.

Police officers arrive on the scene after an explosion near a bus stop in the Kampung Melayu area of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Eight people were killed, including four attackers, in a terror attack in Jakarta in January 2016.

Several other police officers and civilians were injured during the attack in a street next to the bus station in a working-class district of the capital, which sent panicked people running for their lives and clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. He told Parliament the suicide bombings only days before the holy month of Ramadan showed that "terrorists have no respect for faith or creed or the background of any of their victims".

The explosions have yet to be claimed by any radical group.

"Anti-terror squad Densus 88 is now conducting an investigation, we want to know where the bombers came from, which groups they are affiliated to", Setyo Wasisto, national police spokesman told AFP.

Jokowi said he has ordered police to "thoroughly investigate the networks of the perpetrators and hunt them to the roots because the attack was already outrageous".

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, generally follows a moderate form of the faith.

While the police believe the suspects had ties to extremists in Central Sulawesi, counter-terrorism investigators are trying to establish if they were also linked to the remnants of the East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) militant group which operates out of Poso.

Hundreds of radicals from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, have flocked overseas to fight with IS, and the country has seen a surge in plots and attacks linked to the jihadists over the past year.

President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday authorities would "clobber" any religious group threatening the country's moderate Islam and tradition of pluralism.

A gun and suicide attack in Jakarta in January previous year, which left left four attackers and four civilians dead, was the first assault claimed by the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia.

The bombers used pressure cooker field with shrapnel such as nails and other sharp metal as a bomb.

It says on its website: "Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Indonesia. Five policeman, one of whom was killed", Syafruddin said.

  • Leroy Wright