A suicide bombing attack outside a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday killed three police officers, the latest assault to hit the Muslim-majority country as it struggles with a surge of terror plots.
TheJakartaPost (h/t Ma B) Several other police officers and civilians were injured when two bombers launched the attack in a street next to the station, which sent panicked people running for their lives and clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky.
Human body parts and shattered glass were strewn across the road following the attack, which happened at about 9:00 pm (1400 GMT) as police were helping to secure a parade by a local group outside the terminal in the working-class district. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has been on high alert after a string of plots and attacks in recent times by militants inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group.
alJazeera Bombs used in attacks were made from pressure cookers, similar to a device used by a local group linked to the Islamic State. Three police officers were killed, while six others and five civilians were wounded in an assault that left body parts and shattered glass strewn across the street.
Police said they believed there was a link between the attackers and Islamic State. Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked abroad to fight with the armed group in Syria and Iraq, and ISIL-linked combatants have been accused of being behind a series of recent plots and attacks across Indonesia.
The bus station bombing was the deadliest to hit in Indonesia since January 2016, when a suicide blast and gun assault claimed by ISIL in downtown Jakarta killed four civilians, along with four attackers. The bombs used in Wednesday’s attacks were made from pressure cookers, similar to a device used in an attack by a JAD member in the Indonesian city of Bandung in February.