26 May 2017
Bombs in Jakarta blasts were made from pressure cookers
INDONESIA: As Indonesia’s anti-terrorism unit raided the home of a suspected suicide bomber yesterday, more details have emerged on the type of bombs used to kill three Indonesian policemen on duty at a Jakarta bus terminal on Wednesday night.
Pressure cookers, filled with explosive materials, nails and buckshots, were in the device used by suicide bombers in the twin blasts that went off five minutes apart, Reuters reported.
Ten people, including five police officers and five civilians, were also wounded in the blasts.
National Police spokesman, Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, told kompas.com yesterday: “Based on the crime scene investigation, two of the perpetrators carried the pressure cooker bombs in their carrier bags.
“We found (pieces of) nails and buckshot in the pressure cooker.”
Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing
AKARTA – Indonesian police arrested three people on Friday suspected of being linked to suicide bombings in Jakarta, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed three police officers at a bus station and wounded 12 others.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for this week’s attacks. “The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter,” the group’s news agency Amaq said.
Indonesia has suffered a series of mostly low-level attacks by Islamic State sympathizers in the past 17 months, but there are concerns that the sophistication is improving.
Police said Wednesday’s attack had targeted officers, using pressure cookers packed with explosives.
“The explosions were described by police on 24 May as ‘pretty big’, and the number of wounded and dead would suggest a still-crude but developing bomb-making capability for militants in Indonesia,” said Otso Iho, an analyst at Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center (JTIC).
25 May 2017
Suicide bombers kill three police officers at a bus station in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, police say http://cnn.it/2qlPGDQ
Ambassador advises Malaysians in Indonesia to avoid public areas
KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 ― Malaysians residing in Indonesia are advised to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas, following a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta last night.
Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, when contacted by Bernama, said the warning was addressed to Malaysians who were not only in Jakarta but also at other locations in the country.
“We have also requested the cooperation of the Indonesian police to ensure no Malaysians were affected in the incident and so far no such report has been received, “ he said when referring to the incident which reportedly killed five people, including three policemen.
Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers.
Indonesian president urges calm after Islamic State-linked Jakarta attacks
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s president urged people to remain calm on Thursday, a day after suspected suicide bombers killed three police officers at a Jakarta bus terminal in an attack that authorities believe is highly likely to be linked to the Islamic State group.Six police officers and six civilians were also wounded in the twin blasts that were detonated five minutes apart by the two suspected attackers in the Indonesian capital late on Wednesday evening, police said.
The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital.
“We must continue to keep calm (and) keep cool. Because … we Muslims are preparing to enter the month of Ramadan for fasting,” President Joko Widodo said in a statement.
Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation are increasingly worried about a surge in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State.
It was “highly likely” an Islamic State-linked group was behind Wednesday’s attack, National Police spokesman Awi Setyono said. “There’s a link, but we’re still studying whether it’s an international network,” Setyono said.
Chaos erupts after suspected bomb blasts strike bus terminal in Jakartahttp://ebx.sh/2rBEDer
The Kampung Melayu bus terminal and the surrounding area turned chaotic after at least two explosions struck one of Transjakarta’s main bus rapid transit hubs in East Jakarta at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
The terminal is located in a densely populated area.
As of 10:30 p.m., the blast scene has been cordoned off by the police.
Journalists are not permitted to enter the area.
Footage and pictures of the scene have gone viral on social media. Some of the footage shows people panicking and running away from the terminal.
No Malaysians involved in blast in East Jakarta but
@MalaysiaMFA asks Malaysians there to be vigilant.
2 suicide bombs kill Jakarta policemen http://bit.ly/2qYtpzH
#AWANInews #HariIni8 No Malaysians involved in Jakarta twin suicide bombings – Wisma Putra http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/no-malaysians-involved-jakarta-twin-suicide-bombings-wisma-putra-143921 …