Double Bombing At Tourist Hotspot Leaves Body Parts Scattered

From Express:
A double explosion in Indonesia's capital has left three police officers dead.

Three police officers and two suspected suicide bombers were killed at the scene in Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta.

Ten people, including several other officers, were hurt in the twin blasts.

Eyewitnesses in the densely populated neighbourhood said two loud explosions were heard at about 9pm.

Several witnesses said the blasts occurred about 10 minutes apart near a bus stop and a motorcycle parking area.

Photos and videos from the scene showed blood, human flesh and dismembered body parts.

A limb and what appeared to be a severed head were allegedly seen at the bus stop.

Meanwhile President Joko Widodo said tonight authorities would "clobber" any group threatening to destroy Indonesia's tradition of pluralism and moderate Islam.

Mr Widodo said there were no words other than "clobber" or "kick" to describe how to deal with groups that threatened the stability of the state.

He said: "We must stay in the existing corridor and, once again, don't take society into a social rift, which makes us disharmonious, or makes us become disunited.”

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.

Hardline Islamist groups, banned under the authoritarian regime of president Suharto, which ended in 1998, have gained ground in recent years, though they are usually small and on the fringes of society.

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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