Indonesia under attack: Islamic State Claims Responsibility

January 14, 2016 | Brainwave Science

Indonesia under attack: Islamic State Claims Responsibility
January 14, 2016 | Brainwave Science

Istanbul, Paris and now Jakarta is under attack. The attack on the Indonesian capital is sadly part of a pattern that has been repeating itself in several cities around the world in recent months, the BBC security correspondent says. The so-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind a series of explosions and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Islamic State has now officially claimed responsibility for the attack on Jakarta, Reuters reports.
“A group of soldiers of the caliphate in Indonesia targeted a gathering from the crusader alliance that fights the Islamic State in Jakarta through planting several explosive devices that went off as four of the soldiers attacked with light weapons and explosive belts,” the group said in a statement. Islamic State’s statement said there were fifteen people killed but the official tally according to the Indonesian government is seven. A news agency affiliated to Islamic State had earlier reported the group’s responsibility.
Jakarta’s police chief, Tito Karnavian, told reporters that ISIS militants were helped by an Indonesian Islamist militant, Bahrun Naim, who fought for the group in Syria. George Brandis, Australia’s Attorney-General, said last month that the Islamic State had “ambitions to elevate its presence and level of activity in Indonesia,” either directly or through affiliates. “ISIS has a declared intention to establish caliphates beyond the Middle East, provincial caliphates in effect,” he added. “It has identified Indonesia as a location of its ambitions.”
As per reports, late last year, Indonesian counter-terrorism police – acting off FBI and Australian Federal Police Intelligence – said they had foiled several bomb plots planned for Christmas and New Year celebrations. “Jihad manuals” and bomb-making materials were seized, and six who were suspected members of Islamic State were arrested in West Java and Central Java. “Police also said they had separately arrested four other men believed to be members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah, the group blamed for the nightclub bombing on the holiday island of Bali that killed 202 people in 2000,” The Guardian reports.
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