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Islamic State group claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks

AFP
Published Jan 14, 2016, 8:37 pm IST
Updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:49 pm IST
Seven people, including the attackers, were killed in suicide bombings and shootings.
A police officer takes his position near the site where an explosion went off in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: AP)
 A police officer takes his position near the site where an explosion went off in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: AP)

Beirut: The Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for deadly shootings and suicide bombings that rocked the Indonesian capital.

In a statement published online, the jihadist group said that a number of bombs "detonated at the same time as attacks from four soldiers of the caliphate... with light weapons and suicide belts."

 

The statement said the attacks targeted a gathering of citizens from the "Crusader coalition," referring to the US-led alliance of countries combatting IS in Iraq and Syria.

Five extremists launched Thursday's assault in the heart of the Indonesian capital, apparently copying the Paris attacks as they detonated explosives and shot at people in a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices.

Police declared the attack over after several hours, and said no more assailants were on the loose.

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