Just after an explosion rocked Manchester on Monday evening, another explosion in Jakarta is suspected to be a suicide bombing.According to Reuters:
Indonesian police said on Wednesday that a suspected suicide bomber and a police officer were killed in explosions near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta.There were two blasts in Kampung Melayu that went off five minutes apart late in the evening, police said in a statement.It said some people, including police officers, were wounded and being taken to a nearby hospital.A hospital official speaking on Metro TV said two policemen and a civilian were being treated, and all three were conscious. Another TV report said five people were wounded.Authorities in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation have been increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State.There has been a series of low-level attacks linked to Islamic State since January 2016, when four militants mounted a gun and bomb assault in the heart of Jakarta.Eight people were killed in that attack, including the militants.
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"There were two blasts at around 9pm, close to each other, there are three victims," Andry Wibowo, East Jakarta police chief, told TV station MetroTV.Indonesia has had a series of attacks in the past 15 years; noteably, the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200 people, most of whom were tourists.