One killed, nine injured in suspected suicide bombing at Jakarta bus terminal

A policeman was killed and nine other people were injured Wednesday when a suspected suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a busy bus station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police said.

“For now we suspect it was a suicide bombing,” deputy national police chief Commissioner General Syafruddin said.

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Deputy National Police Chief Syafruddin briefs the press on Wednesday’s attack

Photos circulating on social media showed the body of the suspected attacker.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said four policemen were among the nine people injured.

Police were guarding a parade to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Saturday, when the attack occurred near a bus shelter at the Kampung Melayu terminal in eastern Jakarta, said Syafruddin, who goes by one name.

It was the second attack to hit the Indonesian capital in less than two years.

In January 2016, a gun and bomb attack in Jakarta’s business district killed eight people, including four attackers. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Indonesia has been hit by a spate of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of people since 2000.

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