A body is seen as Indonesian police hold rifles while standing behind a car for protection in Jakarta January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta TEMPLATE OUT
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ISIS said it was behind an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of Jakarta Thursday, the first time the radical group has targeted the world's most populous Muslim nation.It took security forces about three hours to end the attack near a Starbucks cafe and Sarinah's, Jakarta's oldest department store, after a team of militants traded gunfire with police and blew themselves up.An Indonesian and a Canadian were killed in the attack. Indonesia has seen attacks by Islamist militants before, but a coordinated assault by a team of suicide bombers and gunmen is unprecedented and has echoes of the sieges seen in Mumbai seven years ago and in Paris last November.Counterterrorism police had rounded up about 20 people with suspected links to ISIS, whose battle lines in Syria and Iraq have included nationals from several Asian countries.Alarm around the world over the danger stemming from ISIS increased after the Paris attacks and the killing of 14 people in California in December.Harits Abu Ulya, a expert on militancy who knows Bahrun Naim, the militant named by Indonesian authorities, said he expected more attacks.
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