Video: Bombing, gunfire erupts in Jakarta terror attack; Update: ISIS claims attack

posted at 8:41 am on January 14, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

According to the Financial Times report from the capital of Indonesia, initial reports of a wave of bombings across Jakarta appear to be in error, but enough damage was done. Terrorists followed up a bombing at a mall with gunfire before being killed by police, but at least two civilians are dead and 19 others wounded. Indonesian security forces are looking for accomplices to the five dead terrorists:

CNN says the death toll may go higher:

In a brazen midday assault, a team of well-armed militants detonated explosives and opened fire Thursday in the heart of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

When it was over, two people were dead and 19 more wounded, police said. Five of the attackers were also killed.

A manhunt is underway for additional suspects.

Conflicting information emerged in the aftermath of the attacks, with some officials putting the number of dead as high as six.

ABC reports that the carnage resembles Paris but on a smaller scale, and that the assumption is that it is linked to ISIS:

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 and was probably linked to the Islamic State group.

All five attackers and a Canadian and an Indonesian died in the midmorning explosions and gunfire that were watched by office workers from high-rise buildings on Thamarin Street in Jakarta, not far from the presidential palace and the U.S. Embassy, police said. Another 19 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.

If so, then ISIS may be demonstrating a capacity to run multiple operations in parallel. They claimed responsibility for an attack on a Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan today that killed seven security personnel:

The Islamic State claimed it carried out an attack on a Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan on Wednesday that killed seven Afghan security personnel.

No casualties were reported among those inside the consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, near the border with Pakistan, officials said.

“Our security forces say that the target of the attack was the Pakistani Consulate,” said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, an aide to the governor of Nangahar province. “The consulate has suffered some damages, but no one has been wounded or killed inside it.”

The Islamic State asserted responsibility for the attack in a statement released online. Nangahar is the stronghold of the Islamic State’s so-called Khorasan branch, which has battled both the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The range of attacks and their choices of target show that ISIS isn’t too particular about who they kill. Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority nation, and while the terrorists in Jakarta appear to have targeted a place frequented by Westerners — as the terrorist did in Istanbul earlier this week — the terror attack will end up hurting Indonesians who will lose tourism and business-travel income. In Afghanistan, the attack aimed at a Sunni Muslim state, and one who had been at one point at least tacitly aligned with the earlier form of ISIS’ organization, al-Qaeda. With their declaration of a caliphate, ISIS demands loyalty and subservience from other Muslims, and apparently isn’t patient about their refusals.

That should be a warning to other nations that allowing ISIS to metastasize in the Syrian-Iraq region makes them much less safe. They would do better by forcing ISIS to fight their military than giving them enough space to conduct terror attacks around the world against their civilians. Unfortunately, the region is so fragmented that ISIS’ opponents are more likely to fight each other.

Update: To no one’s surprise …


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wifarmboy on January 14, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Yawn!!! Another “man caused disaster”. Perpetrated by people trying to slander and pervert the “peaceful religion that is Islam”. Move along people, there is nothing to see hear. Obama said so = ” global warming is more of a threat than terrorism”…..

Indiana Jim on January 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Too sad!

TheAlamos on January 14, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Obama is just waking up and flipping on espn so he can catch up on all his nba bros. He wont find out about this until he reads about tomorrow.

jaywemm on January 14, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Has the Mayor of Philadelphia been consulted as to the cause?

It surely is a puzzler.

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Keeping your voice at a low volume and flashing a peace sign will fix this…

mjbrooks3 on January 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Is that where Obama is from?

artist on January 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Keeping your voice at a low volume and flashing a peace sign will fix this…

mjbrooks3 on January 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

And hashtags. Don’t forget about the hashtags!

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Why is this story getting so much more attention than the attack in Istanbul by a Syrian “refugee?”

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Is that where Obama is from?

artist on January 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Not originally but “folks” from his Madrassa could well be involved.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2016 at 9:03 AM

The range of attacks and their choices of target show that ISIS isn’t too particular about who they kill.

Practice runs–coming to sites near us in the USA. I can’t see them pulling off a 9-11 again. But the smaller, regional attacks? Sure, they’ve got boots on the ground. And as Trump warned about the Syrian refugees last night, the refugees could be the biggest Trojan Horse.

BuckeyeSam on January 14, 2016 at 9:04 AM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

3. Profit! or in this case Prophet!

Johnnyreb on January 14, 2016 at 9:05 AM

….workplace violence?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2016 at 9:03 AM

The Syrians are being vetted better than he was.

artist on January 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

They were probably just mad because a wedding party somewhere got blown up by somebody.

HumpBot Salvation on January 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Not WW3

Just a bunch of bad asses in a pickup truck.

Electrongod on January 14, 2016 at 9:08 AM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

According to orthodox Islamic eschatological (end times) teaching, in order for the Madi (the 12th Imam) to reappear, the world has to be in a state of unprecedented chaos.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Another “peaceful” day in Muzzieland.

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2016 at 9:12 AM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Step 2 is easy: Repeat step 1.

Lolo on January 14, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Contained !

F X Muldoon on January 14, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Had a guy just a couple of days ago excuse Islam by pointing to “Christian” Timothy McVeigh (he’s the go-to guy for the apologists/dhimmis).

They have to go back 20 years to a self-proclaimed agnostic to try and excuse Islam for its daily, random slaughter, rape and oppression.

Even if McVeigh claimed some form of Christianity, there is a difference between a norm and an aberration.

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 9:19 AM

This is why Western politicians will continue to not only be ineffective against Islam but actually enable it, because they analyze it in linear Western secular terms and think that they think as we do when the reality is totally different.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM

More benefits of abandoning their Christian Biblical heritage. /

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Before the West abandoned right thinking, it was understood that there are only three possible outcomes with any engagement with Islam. It can either be converted, quarantined, or destroyed, but there was no accommodating or compromising with it. It was recognized as an alien culture hostile to Western thinking.

Today’s Western intelligentsia thinks that applying Humanistic Enlightenment values to the problem will make it go away.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:37 AM

According to orthodox Islamic eschatological (end times) teaching, in order for the Madi (the 12th Imam) to reappear, the world has to be in a state of unprecedented chaos.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:08 AM

No. That is the eschatology of a Shiite sect. ISIS is Sunni.

thuja on January 14, 2016 at 9:39 AM

No. That is the eschatology of a Shiite sect. ISIS is Sunni.

thuja on January 14, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Interesting. How does Sunni eschatology differ?

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Interesting. How does Sunni eschatology differ?

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:45 AM

I don’t know. When I get time, I should read look it up. I just know that Madhi is a Shiite idea. And in Shia Islam, there is a split between the twelvers, fivers, and seveners. The twelvers are biggest group and they await the return of the 12th Iman.

thuja on January 14, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Yawn!!! Another “man caused disaster”. Perpetrated by people trying to slander and pervert the “peaceful religion that is Islam”. Move along people, there is nothing to see hear. Obama said so = ” global warming is more of a threat than terrorism”…..

Indiana Jim on January 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Indonesia is majority (90%) Muslim. Again, Islam isn’t the enemy here…it’s radical Islamic extremists that are.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

ISIS – Barry’s legacy…

albill on January 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Indonesia is majority (90%) Muslim. Again, Islam isn’t the enemy here…it’s radical Islamic extremists that are.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Tell us, how do they treat gays in Indonesia? How about the minority religious groups?

HumpBot Salvation on January 14, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Indonesia is majority (90%) Muslim. Again, Islam isn’t the enemy here…it’s radical Islamic extremists that are.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

ISIS is saying that the 90% are not true Muslims…ISIS is….ISIS rules…

albill on January 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

I don’t know. When I get time, I should read look it up. I just know that Madhi is a Shiite idea. And in Shia Islam, there is a split between the twelvers, fivers, and seveners. The twelvers are biggest group and they await the return of the 12th Iman.

thuja on January 14, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Do yourself a favor. Read what the Koran says about the endtimes, how they will unfold. Then, for more fun, and after you’re adequately familiar with their eschatology, do a short but accurate study on Biblical eschatology.

You’ll get a mild shock. Trust me.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Indonesia is majority (90%) Muslim. Again, Islam isn’t the enemy here…it’s radical Islamic extremists that are.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Islamic extremists depart from Islam how exactly?

So you’re taking the Philadelphia Mayor’s position that these daily, global murders, rapes, tortures, slavery, etc… being done in the name of Islam… are all somehow “not Islam?”

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Tell us, how do they treat gays in Indonesia? How about the minority religious groups?

HumpBot Salvation on January 14, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Here come the ad hominems.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Indonesia

President Joko Widodo took office in 2014 with high public hopes that he would address the human rights failures of his predecessors. Widodo made commitments on religious freedom, but religious minorities face continuing harassment, intimidation, and violence by Islamist militants. Local Islamic bylaws violate the rights of women, LGBT people, and religious minorities. Widodo announced that Papua would be open to foreign journalists, though the army has tried to place conditions on reporting. Large numbers of political prisoners convicted for peaceful expression have yet to be released, including in Papua and the Moluccas.

Harassment, intimidation and attacks against religious minorities persisted, fuelled by discriminatory laws and regulations at both national and local levels.

By the end of the year, the House of Representatives had yet to pass a Domestic Worker Protection Bill, leaving millions of domestic workers, the majority of them women and girls, vulnerable to economic exploitation and human rights abuses.

At least 76 people were caned in Aceh for Shari’a offences including gambling, drinking alcohol and adultery during the year. In September, the Aceh parliament passed a new by-law, the Islamic Criminal Code, which expanded the use of caning as punishment to other “crimes”, including same-sex sexual relations and intimacy between unmarried couples.

So which “real Islam” country do you want to live in, JetBoy? Ready to start life anew in Indonesia?

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM

JetBoy ,,,,,,how soon will we have to wait before the so called moderates come out worldwide and condemn this great atrocity. I am still waiting for the moderates in Turkey, and the rapes of Europe. I don’t believe I heard any about the incident in California.

garydt on January 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

So you’re taking the Philadelphia Mayor’s position that these daily, global murders, rapes, tortures, slavery, etc… being done in the name of Islam… are all somehow “not Islam?”

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

That’s not what I’m saying at all!

The extremists who perpetrate horrific acts of violence do so in the name of Islam which is very different. When Westboro Baptist protests the funerals of fallen US soldiers, they do so in the name of God. For sure, WBC are radicals…and not representative of Christians.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Here come the ad hominems.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

You should learn what a word means before you use it.

Still waiting on a actual reply.

HumpBot Salvation on January 14, 2016 at 10:14 AM

re 3?
Seriously?!
If you didn’t know that Daesh is an apocalyptic cult, you do now.

corona79 on January 14, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Jetboy you compare the Westboro Baptists as worldwide as Islam? What is your next example Oklahoma City and than the Crusades? I think Islam is overshadowing Christianity a little bit in terror over the last 40 years.

garydt on January 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

So which “real Islam” country do you want to live in, JetBoy? Ready to start life anew in Indonesia?

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM

So these “real” Muslims hate Christians?

http://www.newsweek.com/muslims-defend-christians-during-al-shabab-militant-attack-kenya-407859

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 10:16 AM

In a brazen midday assault, a team

How many other moderate muslims were helping the “team?” There is no way they could make all the necessary preparations without a large number of helpers.

dogsoldier on January 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

ISIS has leadership that unites their followers.They continue to get bigger and braver. The world needs a Phoenix program.Clandestine assassinations of young muslim men wholesale is a good starting point.

docflash on January 14, 2016 at 10:21 AM

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

You’re quite wrong according some muslims who went on the record to say, no, this IS islam.”

Wake up.

dogsoldier on January 14, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Muhammad borrowed from other religions, including Christianity and Judaism. It’s no wonder they are similar. He did write the Koran somewhere around 600 AD.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM

The extremists who perpetrate horrific acts of violence do so in the name of Islam which is very different. When Westboro Baptist protests the funerals of fallen US soldiers, they do so in the name of God. For sure, WBC are radicals…and not representative of Christians.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 10:13 AM

C’mon, man. Even if the WBC were slaying people left and right, your comparison is apples to cannonballs.

WBC is a teeny tiny, minuscule particle compared to the whole of Christianity. The Jihadi impulse is not an insignificant portion of Islam. Even among many who do not actively participate in violence against the infidel, a troubling percentage tacitly approve of such and many willingly say so.

Even El Sisi of Egypt — at his peril — agrees that Islam in its current form is not compatible with the modern world.

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM

I’m not entirely certain that Mohammad himself actually wrote the Koran. I believe it was compiled after his death by his followers.

However, the weird thing is, that if the Biblical account of end times developments unfold as they are understood, the way the Koran is written and believed by the Muslims, the negative developments will be seen by them as positives and the positive things will be seen by them as negatives.

It’s like an alternative universe kind of thing but completely parallel.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how all the gays and far left peaceniks, adulterers, people who think that women should be sexually liberated, etc so desperately desire to import Muslims and transform our society into a Muslim paradise.

What do they think their life will be like, living amongst a bunch of Muslims?

All their terrified shrieking about Christians fundamentalists–that’s the actual reality among the best Islamic people. Let alone the Isis types.

I know one thing: If Islam ever conquers America, we Mormons will have some troubles (however, on the whole we have decent relations with most Islamic groups). But the San Francisco’s of the world?

I think the appropriate analogy would be to the city of Nanking prior to WWII.

Why you gays agitate for that is beyond me.

Vanceone on January 14, 2016 at 11:13 AM

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 9:52 AM

McVeigh and WBC, the go-to “Christian equivalents” for compromising, cowardly squishes. [eyeroll]

As bad as WBC is (and they’ve been condemned by 99.99999% of professing Christianity), they are of no danger to anyone except themselves.

Norm versus aberration. Apples versus oranges.

Wake up.

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 11:16 AM

I think it’s easy to explain, Cleobrotus: Revelations and Daniel were written by people following the Lord. It’s pretty likely that Muhammed, by the end at least, was also following a Biblical Deity, in his case the one we call Lucifer.

Of course they would have opposing views of what is good and bad. Their God is the one that loses in the Biblical stuff.

Vanceone on January 14, 2016 at 11:31 AM

We are at war with these barbarians, and it is incumbent on each of us to take a stand against them, regardless of what our respective governments do. Civilization is the property of all of us, bought with the sweat and blood of our ancestors. We can’t let these barbarians take it from us.

grumpyank on January 14, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Speaking of surveillance video…Ever notice how Germany has never released any surveillance video from the many cameras where the Muslim refugees were attacking the women in Cologne, Germany?

albill on January 14, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Wake up.

mankai on January 14, 2016 at 11:16 AM

I’m not comparing the severity of what various radical groups do…only pointing out that the bad apples don’t necessarily represent their respective bunches.

Go ask that Muslim pilot from that Muslim nation Jordan who was burned alive in a cage if his killers ISIS accurately represent Islam.

JetBoy on January 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Jetboy defending terrorists. LOfingL..

Indiana Jim on January 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Lather, rinse, repeat

307wolverine on January 14, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Even being the most Islamic nation on Earth will not protect you from Islamic madness.

Fortyback on January 14, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Isn’t Obama from there ?

alanstern on January 14, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Those poor people that were killed and injured. Very sad.

But, as long as ours and these other governments keep pussy-footing around with these monsters, such things will continue to happen. They know who the radical mullahs are…they know who the top dogs of these terrorist organizations are…yet, they do nothing.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I’m having a hard time understanding the ISIS strategy:

1. Attack everybody — Muslim, Infidel, Sunni, Shiite, you name it.

2. ????

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

According to orthodox Islamic eschatological (end times) teaching, in order for the Madi (the 12th Imam) to reappear, the world has to be in a state of unprecedented chaos.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:08 AM

I don’t know. When I get time, I should read look it up. I just know that Madhi is a Shiite idea. And in Shia Islam, there is a split between the twelvers, fivers, and seveners. The twelvers are biggest group and they await the return of the 12th Iman.

thuja on January 14, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Still leaves open the question of where the (nominally?) Sunni ISIS thinks it is in the eschatological context.
Wikipedia has one entry (which it claims has “multiple issues” — no kidding?) that indicates the Sunni and Shi’a differ only on the lineage of the Mahdi who is to come and reign after the apocalyptic chaos. For the rest of the world that is a distinction without a difference.

I’m not entirely certain that Mohammad himself actually wrote the Koran. I believe it was compiled after his death by his followers.

However, the weird thing is, that if the Biblical account of end times developments unfold as they are understood, the way the Koran is written and believed by the Muslims, the negative developments will be seen by them as positives and the positive things will be seen by them as negatives.

It’s like an alternative universe kind of thing but completely parallel.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

I think it’s easy to explain, Cleobrotus: Revelations and Daniel were written by people following the Lord. It’s pretty likely that Muhammed, by the end at least, was also following a Biblical Deity, in his case the one we call Lucifer.

Of course they would have opposing views of what is good and bad. Their God is the one that loses in the Biblical stuff.

Vanceone on January 14, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Indeed. He certainly fulfills all the characteristics of the anti-Christ.

Before the West abandoned right thinking, it was understood that there are only three possible outcomes with any engagement with Islam. It can either be converted, quarantined, or destroyed, but there was no accommodating or compromising with it. It was recognized as an alien culture hostile to Western thinking.

Today’s Western intelligentsia thinks that applying Humanistic Enlightenment values to the problem will make it go away.

Cleombrotus on January 14, 2016 at 9:37 AM

But the Muslims are banking on the 5th possibility: their victory over the West.

AesopFan on January 15, 2016 at 12:33 AM

jwolf on January 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

You mentioned rape twice.

unclesmrgol on January 15, 2016 at 2:58 PM