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Death Toll From Jakarta January 14 Attack Rises to 8

Death Toll From Jakarta  January 14 Attack Rises to 8Death Toll From Jakarta  January 14 Attack Rises to 8

An Indonesian wounded in Thursday’s gun and bomb attacks in Jakarta has died, bringing the death toll to eight, including four civilians, police said.

Officials originally believed there were five attackers, but later said one man thought to be a militant was actually a civilian. All of the attackers, including two previously convicted militants, were killed. The self-styled Islamic State terrorist group has said it carried out the attack, BBC reported.

At least 20 people were injured, several of them in a serious condition.

One of the militants seen carrying a gun and rucksack during the attacks was named Afif Sunakim. He was previously given a seven-year jail term for attending a militant camp. The others have been identified as Dian Joni Kurniadi, M Ali and Ahmad Muhazan bin Saron.

The attacks began with a series of bomb blasts at an intersection near a shopping mall and a Starbucks coffee shop. As people inside ran out, two gunmen waiting outside opened fire.

At least two militants also attacked the police box in the center of the intersection in a suicide bomb attack. The group planned to target government offices and foreigners in other Indonesian cities, a spokesman said.

So far, 12 arrests have been made and police have also shut down at least 11 websites and social media accounts.

The attackers are thought to have belonged to an IS faction made up mainly of Indonesians and Malaysians. The guns they used came from the Philippines, officials said.

Hundreds of people from Southeast Asian countries with significant Muslim populations have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with the group.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo tweeted on Friday that there was “no place for terrorism on Earth” and that “every citizen in the world” needed to fight it. Indonesia has suffered militant attacks in the past, but has been relatively successful in curbing homegrown extremism after a spate of attacks in the last decade.

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Children light candles during a citizens’ gathering stating ‘We are not afraid’ near the site of a bomb explosion in front of a shopping mall, on 16 January in Jakarta.

 

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