1. Indonesia blast: 2 explosions near east Jakarta bus station, confirms police

Indonesia blast: 2 explosions near east Jakarta bus station, confirms police

Indonesian police said on Wednesday that a suspected suicide bomber and a police officer were killed in explosions near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta.

By: | Updated: May 24, 2017 10:24 PM
Indonesia blast, Indonesia, Indonesian police, blast in Jakarta, Jakarta blast, East Jakarta police, explosions in indonesia, explosions in Jakarta Andry Wibowo, the head of East Jakarta police, told Metro TV that people had heard two explosions and three people had been hurt. (Image: Representational/ Reuters)

Indonesian police said on Wednesday that a suspected suicide bomber and a police officer were killed in explosions near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta. There were two blasts in Kampung Melayu that went off five minutes apart late in the evening, police said in a statement.

It said some people, including police officers, were wounded and being taken to a nearby hospital.
A hospital official speaking on Metro TV said two policemen and a civilian were being treated, and all three were conscious. Another TV report said five people were wounded.

Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation have been increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State.
There has been a series of low-level attacks linked to Islamic State since January 2016, when four militants mounted a gun and bomb assault in the heart of Jakarta.

Eight people were killed in that attack, including the militants.

(Further details awaited)

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