The dual suicide bombing in Jakarta that killed three police officers and injured 10 was linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, Indonesian police have confirmed.
The attack happened at a busy bus terminal in Indonesia just after 9:00pm (local time) yesterday.
Indonesia’s national police spokesman said pressure cookers packed with shrapnel, such as nails and metal, were used in the attack, and confirmed links to IS.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has urged citizens to remain calm and united.
The attack comes just days after the suicide bombing in Manchester, and police believe it could have been a trigger.
Police may have been the target of the attack, with extra officers in the area to guard a torch rally to mark the beginning of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.
TV networks showed people helping a victim lying on the ground and three policemen carrying another victim away from the scene.
Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country have been increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by IS.
Speaking after the attacks, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the attack was linked to global terror.
“As you all know that there has been global incidents in Manchester during Ariana Grande’s show, there was an explosion there,” he said, before the links to Islamic State were confirmed by police.
“Then we also heard that in our neighbouring country, the Philippines, there was an attack from ISIS in Malawi city.
“Thus we’ve actually been prepared — but we didn’t know when and where it was going to happen.
“In my opinion, this incident is related to global attacks and related to some groups that have attacked several places.”
There has been a series of low-level attacks linked to IS since January 2016, when four militants mounted a gun and bomb assault in the heart of Jakarta.
Eight people were killed in that attack, including the militants.
SOURCE: Samantha Hawley