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7 Killed, 20 Injured in Suicide Bombing in Indonesia's Capital
   2016-01-14 17:18:47    Xinhua      Web Editor: Qian Shanming

Armed police officers are seen during fire shoot after the bomb blast on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 14, 2016. Seven people including two suicide bombers were killed and 20 others injured in suicide blasts in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, on Thursday, M. Iqbal, Jakarta police spokesman said here.[Photo: Xinhua]

Suicide Bombing in Indonesian Capital Kills 7, Injures 20

Seven people were killed, including five attackers, and 20 others injured in the suicide blasts in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital on Thursday, M. Iqbal, Jakarta police spokesman said.

"Two of them (attackers) were suicide attackers, and three others were shot dead by the police just before their planned attacks," the spokesman said at the scene of the attacks.

The two others who died in the attack included a Dutch citizen and an Indonesian national, Iqbal said.

The 20 injured victims have been rushed into several hospitals in the city, he said.

Iqbal's statement revised previous statement from Brigadier General Anton Charliyan, national police spokesman, who had said that one policeman was killed and two others got injured.

The first explosion occurred at about 10:45 local time and was followed by two other blasts and shooting by the suspected militants, Anton said.

Then police and the attackers exchanged fires, he said, adding there were approximately 10 to 14 attackers in total.

The official earlier in the day revealed that the attacks occurred after the police got warning that the Islamic State (IS) group would launch attacks in Indonesia.

"It is clear that from the warning given by IS group that Indonesia will have a concert, Indonesia will be an international news," he said.

Therefore, "we have given warning too," of the possible strikes, and conducted arrests of several militants in many places in the country, said Anton.

The spokesman said that some of the attackers were riding motorcycles and launched grenade attacks.

"Some perpetrators used grenades," he said.

About 300 policemen and soldiers arrived at the scene after the attacks, surrounding the shopping center where some of the attackers remain, said Anton.

The Indonesian president decided to cut short his working visit in a town of Cirebon in West Java and ordered the authorities to pursue and arrest the attackers in Jakarta.

"We all extend a heartfelt condolence to the victims of this attack. But we all certainly condemn the act which disturbed the security of the people and launched terror to the people," President Widodo said.

Indonesia has experienced a series of major deadly attacks in the past. But in recent years, militants have resort to smaller-scale attacks, mainly targeting foreign citizens and police.  

Related: Indonesia Police Blame IS for Suicide Bombing in Capital

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