Explosions in Jakarta

Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2016 12:24 am

A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, followed by reports of continuing gunfire and at least three people killed.
Blasts hit several locations, including a cafe at a shopping centre near the presidential palace and UN offices.
There are reports of police snipers on the streets - a BBC reporter near the shopping centre said police have cordoned off the area.
There is no indication yet of who might be behind the assault.
Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim country - has been attacked by Islamist militant groups in the past. It has recently been on high alert after threats from the so-called Islamic State.
'Gunfire right now'
National police spokesman told AFP people had been warned to stay indoors in case of further explosions.
A UN official, Jeremy Douglas, told the BBC had been about 150m away from one of the blasts near the UN building.
"Then we ran into the building. We heard a third explosion. We got up to our office on the tenth floor and we heard a fourth, a fifth and a sixth.
"There is gunfire going on in the street right now."
A Reuters photographer said one explosion had been at a Starbucks cafe, with its windows blown out.
He said police appeared to be aiming guns at a man on the roof of the building.
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2016 12:27 am

Jakarta attacks: at least six dead in series of 'suicide bombings' – rolling report
Seven explosions reported in Indonesian capital
Photographs show several bodies in the street
Up to six people believed to have been killed, including three policemen
Reports of ongoing gun battles in the street
Tanks have been deployed in central Jakarta
Unconfirmed reports say 10 to 14 perpetrators involved
Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2016 06:00 am
Though Indonesia is far from the conflicts of the Middle East, the country has experienced several terrorist attacks by Islamist militants that have killed hundreds. This was the first major attack in Jakarta since the 2009 Jakarta bombings, which was carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and killed 7 plus 2 suicide bombers.[9] JI is an al-Qaeda-linked group seeking to unite Indonesia, Malaysia, and the southern Philippines under an Islamic state.

There were reportedly 10 to 14 attackers involved and ISIL is suspected of being behind the attack. ISIL threatened that Indonesia would be targeted after the Paris attacks late 2015.


I want to be the first to say that we do not KNOW that radical muslims did this. But, even if it turns out that it was, not ALL muslims are terrorists. For all we know, this was the last of the very few suicide bombers left and therefore may NEVER be another act of muslim terrorism. In any case, far more people die from car accidents that muslim terrorism. It is far preferable to see a few innocent people die, here and there, than to profile muslims for suspicion and investigation.

I may have forgotten a couple of things I'm supposed to say. I misplaced my commie handbook, somehow.
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2016 09:50 am

ISIS claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks
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