ISIS issued cryptic warning ahead of Jakarta attacks

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Police (L) hide behind vehicles during an exchange of gunfire with suspects hiding near a Starbucks cafe when another blast happens in Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Bay Ismoyo/AFP
National police spokesman Anton Charliyan says it is not clear yet which group carried out what the Indonesian president has termed ‘acts of terror’

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Jan. 14, 2016) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group issued a cryptic warning before multiple blasts hit the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, January 14, killing at least 6 people, police said.

National police spokesman Anton Charliyan said it was not clear yet which group had carried out what the Indonesian president has termed “acts of terror.”

But he said that ISIS issued a cryptic warning before the attacks.

“The warning said there will be a concert in Indonesia and it will be international news,” he told a local radio station.

He did not give any further details, or say when the warning was issued.

Police foiled several terror plots in Indonesia last month, with some believed to be linked to ISIS.

Hundreds of Indonesians are feared to have joined the jihadist group, which has taken over vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

At least 6 were reported killed in the Thursday blasts. A Starbucks coffee shop was one of those attacked.

Starbucks Indonesia announced it is closing its shops in the capital “until further notice.”


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