Blasts struck at the heart of Jakarta yesterday, as a series of four bombs exploded, leaving at least seven people dead and 19 injured after the attack conducted by suicide bombers and armed men. The dramatic event took place in one of Jakarta most frequented area, Jalan MH Thamrin, located close to luxury hotels and malls, embassies, Bank Indonesia headquarters and the National Monument (MONAS).
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan said on Thursday to reporters that all five terrorists were Indonesian nationals and died in the attack: two were suicide bombers and the rest died during a shoot-out with the police. The bombings of Sarinah Department Store area was also followed by two men being taken as hostages by the terrorists. The act of terrorism was later confirmed to have been organised by members of the radical Islamic State better known under ISIS.
As the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia is an easy pray for ISIS which looks at establishing also a Califat there, an “Islamic State of Indonesia”,told Indonesia police. Indonesia security forces have on record 1,085 radical groups working underground. They are also some 500 known Indonesians being currently trained in para-military Islamist camps in Syria.
Security measures have been now tightened with Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) boosting security across the country, especially in Jakarta. The capital city is now under alert status following the attacks. Alert Level 1 is now implemented across the entire archipelago.
The status was escalated for all relevant agencies and officials to maximize security, especially in terror-prone areas, such as police posts, government offices, foreign-associated sites and embassies, he said on Thursday evening. Security is also reinforced in airports and railway stations. The country remains however peaceful since with no casualties being signaled anywhere. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Indonesia remains safe, consequences on tourism is to be expected with a possible slowdown in arrivals in the weeks to come. Between January and November 2015, Indonesia welcomed 8.795 million international travellers, up by 3.2% over the same period of 2014.