Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta attack

JAKARTA: Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bomb and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, a news agency linked to ISIL reported on Thursday.


At least seven people, including five attackers, were killed in the explosions and gun battle between police and the attackers in the central business district of the city.

Tito Karnavian, the Jakarta police chief, said ISIL was “definitely” behind the attack.

Karnavian told Reuters news agency that Indonesian IS fighter Bahrun Naim, who is believed to be in Syria, was “planning this for a while. He is behind this attack.”