Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks that left five gunmen, two others dead

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

Police hide behind vehicles during an exchange of gunfire with suspects hiding near a Starbucks cafe. AFP

Police hide behind vehicles during an exchange of gunfire with suspects hiding near a Starbucks cafe. AFP

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.

AFP


Updated Date: Jan 14, 2016 20:56 PM

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