By Theodore Shoebat
Muslims in Jakarta, Indonesia, attacked a Starbucks and police officers, killing two people and injuring others. One Muslim man entered a Starbucks and blew himself up. When the people ran outside, Muslim gunmen were waiting for them and opened fire, killing one Canadian man and severely injuring a Dutch man. The Muslim terrorists then attacked a group of police officers and a shootout commenced. After a 15 minute battle, the Muslim terrorists were all killed.
According to one report:
Attackers set off suicide bombs and exchanged gunfire outside a Starbucks cafe in Indonesia’s capital in a brazen assault Thursday that police said “imitated” the recent Paris attacks. Backers of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
All five attackers and two bystanders – a Canadian and an Indonesian – died in the midmorning explosions and gunfire that were watched by office workers from high-rise buildings on Thamrin Street in Jakarta, not far from the presidential palace and the U.S. Embassy, police said. Twenty people were injured.
When the area was finally secured a few hours later, bodies were sprawled on sidewalks. But given the firepower the attackers carried – handguns, grenades and homemade bombs – and the soft targets they picked in a bustling, crowded area, the casualties were relatively few compared to the mayhem and carnage caused by the Paris attacks.
“We have identified all attackers … we can say that the attackers were affiliated with the ISIS group,” national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Anton Charilyan told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group.
Islamic State group backers circulated a claim of responsibility for the attacks resembling the extremist group’s previous messages.
The claim was shared on Twitter late Thursday. The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group said it also circulated among pro-Islamic State groups on the message app Telegram.
The message said attackers carried out the assault in Jakarta and had planted several bombs with timers. It differed from Indonesian police on the number of attackers, saying there were four. It said they wore suicide belts and carried light weaponry.
The statement could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, though it resembled previous claims made by the group, which controls territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Jakarta police chief Maj. Gen. Tito Karnavian told a news conference that the first suicide bombing happened at a Starbucks restaurant, causing customers to run out. Outside, two gunmen opened fire, killing a Canadian and wounding an Indonesian, he said.
A Dutch Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in the Netherlands said a Dutch man was seriously injured and was undergoing surgery.
At about the same time two other suicide bombers attacked a nearby traffic police booth, killing themselves and an Indonesian man. Karnavian said that minutes later a group of policemen was attacked by the remaining two gunmen, using homemade bombs. This led to a 15-minute gunfight in which both attackers were killed, he said.
Police then combed the building housing the Starbucks and another nearby building where they discovered six homemade bombs – five small ones and a big one.
“So we think … their plan was to attack people and follow it up with a larger explosion when more people gathered. But thank God it didn’t happen,” Charilyan said.
He said the attackers imitated the recent “terror acts” in Paris and were likely from the Islamic State group, but gave no evidence.