Islamic State Claims Deadly Jakarta Attack

{VOA NEWS} – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s coordinated bomb and gun attack in the Indonesian capital that left seven people dead, including all five attackers.

The Islamic State-linked Aamaq News Agency says the attack in an upscale neighborhood in central Jakarta “targeted foreign nationals and security forces charged with protecting them.” Foreigners were among 20 people who were wounded.

Earlier, Indonesian national police spokesman Anton Charliyan said an IS-affiliated group was probably behind the assault, and the attackers were likely trying to imitate the November Paris terror attacks.

The Jakarta police chief went further, naming an Indonesian in Syria as responsible. “All leaders of Islamic State in Southeast Asia are competing to be the regional chief,” Tito Karnavian told reporters. “That’s why [Indonesian IS fighter] Bahrun Naim plotted this attack.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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