Jakarta attacks: Three arrested in dawn raids

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Police in Indonesia have arrested three men suspected of having links to the deadly Jakarta suicide bomb attacks.

Police chief Colonel Dwiyono said they were detained in a dawn swoop at their homes in Depok, on the outskirts of the capital.

Col Dwiyono, who goes by one name, told MetroTV the men were suspected militants and were being questioned over possible links to the Thursday’s attacks which killed seven people, including five of the perpetrators.

The civilians killed in the attack were an Indonesian and a Canadian. Another 20 people were wounded.

MetroTV broadcast footage of the handcuffed men being escorted by police.

Meanwhile Indonesians were shaken but refusing to be cowed a day after the outrage in a busy district of central Jakarta. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility.

The area near a Starbucks coffee shop where the assault by suicide bombers and gunmen began remained cordoned off with a highly visible police presence on Friday.

Onlookers and journalists lingered nearby, with some people leaving flowers and messages of support.

A large screen atop the building that houses Starbucks displayed messages that said “#prayforjakarta” and “Indonesia Unite”.

Newspapers carried bold front-page headlines declaring the country was united in condemnation of the attack, the first in Indonesia since 2009.

Risti Amelia, an accountant at a company near the Starbucks restaurant, said she was “still shaking and weak” when she returned to her office.

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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