Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta attack

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 10:10:31-05

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s national police say the five people who carried out a terror attack in Jakarta, Indonesia, today were affiliated with the Islamic State group.

A news agency affiliated with IS said the attack targeted “foreigners and the security forces tasked with protecting them.”

Video shows one of the bombs going off in front of a Starbucks cafe. Then there was shooting.

Police say all five attackers and two civilians were killed. Another 19 people were injured.

The chief of the U.N. Environment Program says a Dutch man who was seriously injured is “fighting for his life.” The agency said the man works for the organization in Jakarta and part of a U.N. team supporting the Indonesian government in tackling peat land fires.

LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats of Saudi Arabia and the United States, who are meeting in London amid tensions between the kingdom and Iran, have condemned the Jakarta attack.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir says the attack should “strengthen our resolve to work effectively together to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

Speaking to reporters at the same hotel in London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry echoed him.

“These acts of terror are not going to intimidate nation-states from protecting their citizens and continuing to provide real opportunity, education, jobs, possibilities of a future,” he said. “There is nothing in any act of terror that offers anything but death and destruction.”