ISIS claims responsibility for Jakarta attack

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim country.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an official statement posted online by the terror organization, which was translated by the monitoring group Flashpoint and verified by CNN.

Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian likewise blamed the Syria-based group and singled out a militant named Bahrun Naim, who he said plotted the attack to assert himself among various figures competing to lead ISIS in Southeast Asia. Police spokesman Anton Charliyan said Naim is in Syria but sent money back home to Indonesia to finance the attack.

One foreign national and one Indonesian make up the dead, authorities said. Charliyan said 24 people, including at least one more foreigner, were wounded.



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