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Islamic State-allied news agency says group behind Jakarta attacks

Militants launched a gun and bomb assault in the centre of the Indonesian capital on Thursday, killing at least six people, police said, in an attack on a country that Islamic State had threatened to put in its “spotlight”.

4.31 pm: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz has strongly condemned the attack in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives.

In a statement, Mr. Sharif says the people and government of Pakistan “share the pain of Indonesian brethren at this critical moment”.

4.17 pm: Islamic State carried out the attacks in Jakarta earlier on Thursday, a news agency allied to the group reported.

“Islamic State fighters carried out an armed attack this morning targeting foreign nationals and the security forces charged with protecting them in the Indonesian capital,” Aamaaq news agency said on its Telegram channel.

3.15 pm: Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says police have raised security alert to the highest level following the deadly attack in Jakarta.

Malaysian authorities have detained more than 150 suspects linked to the Islamic State group over the past two years, including some who were allegedly plotting attacks in strategic areas of Kuala Lumpur. Last September, the U.S. Embassy warned of a potential terrorist threat at a popular hawker street and surrounding areas in the city.

3 pm: Indonesia’s national police spokesman says the people who attacked a busy shopping area in downtown Jakarta were copying the recent Paris attacks and were probably connected to the Islamic State group.

Gen. Anton Charliyan said: “They imitated the terror actions in Paris … they are likely from the (Islamic State) group.”

Five of the attackers and two other people were killed Thursday near the Sarinah shopping mall.

2:50 pm: The Netherlands’ foreign minister says that a Dutch man has been seriously wounded in the Jakarta attack.

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders says the attack shows that “terrorism can hit everybody. Whether you are shopping in the heart of Paris, in a New York office or on vacation in Jakarta.”

A ministry spokeswoman says that the Dutch citizen was undergoing surgery. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry policy.

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