IS-linked man shot dead in police firing in Indonesia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Feb 2017 10:02:37


BANDUNG,

Feb 27,

(AFP),

A pressure cooker bomb exploded in a park before the gunbattle erupted between police and the attacker

Attacker is a terror convict from an IS-supporting network called Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, which has been blamed for a series of recent attacks in the Muslim-majority country

INDONESIAN police shot dead a man linked to the Islamic State (IS) group during a firefight at a Government office on Monday after a small bomb was set off nearby. No one apart from the attacker was hurt in the incident in the city of Bandung on Java island, which started with a pressure cooker bomb exploding in a park before the gunbattle erupted in the office opposite.


Police said that the attacker was a former terror convict from an IS-supporting network called Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, which has been blamed for a series of recent attacks in the Muslim-majority country including an assault in Jakarta last year.


After the blast at about 8:30 am, the attacker fled into a building belonging to local authorities opposite the park and set it ablaze.


Police exchanged fire during an hour-long standoff with the man. He was shot in the stomach and died later in hospital.
Everyone was evacuated from the building unhurt. Police seized guns and two backpacks carried by the attacker.