Malaysia on alert after Jakarta attacks
The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta will stay closed on Friday as a precaution after the ISIS attack
The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said on Thursday it will stay closed on Friday as a precaution after an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Indonesian capital.
The embassy will provide emergency services only, and advised U.S. citizens to avoid certain areas.
Five extremists had launched assault in central Jakarta, apparently copying the Paris attacks as they detonated explosives and shot at people in a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices.
The attacks have put Indonesia’s neighbors on high alert.
In Malaysia, authorities have raised the security alert to the highest level.
Over the past two years, Malaysian authorities have detained more than 150 suspects linked to ISIS.
Meanwhile, security forces in the Philippines have warned of an “emerging threat” of terrorism.
Police also beefed up security in train stations, bus terminals, airports and shopping malls and asked for public vigilance.
The Philippine government condemned the attacks. “We stand by in solidarity with our Indonesian brothers and sisters in this time of tragedy,” The Department of Foreign Affairs said.
Militants from at least four small Muslim groups in the country’s south have pledged support to the ISIS group, although the Philippine military says there is no evidence of direct contact or active collaboration.
In Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the people and government of Pakistan “share the pain of Indonesian brethren at this critical moment.”
He added that terrorism is a common threat to Muslim countries and to fight it is their collective responsibility.
The U.S. also condemned the attacks.
“These acts of terror are not going to intimidate nation-states from protecting their citizens and continuing to provide real opportunity, education, jobs, possibilities of a future,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in London.
ISIS “have proven that they offer nothing, no alternative but their own destruction,” he said.
ISIS claims deadly attacks in JakartaAt least seven people - five attackers and two civilians - were killed in Jakarta Gulf
Philippines concerned over ‘emerging’ terror threatPhilippine security forces expressed concern over an threat of terrorism, after suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital Middle East
Philippines says southern rebels not linked to ISISThe islands of Basilan and Jolo are the strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf, known for kidnappings, beheadings and bombings Gulf
Turkey hits ISIS targets after Istanbul bombingTurkish land forces have fired nearly 500 times on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, killing almost 200 militants Middle East
ISIS pushes through gap in Iraqi army frontlineThe dawn attacks on Tal Kusaiba comes as France’s defense chief described on Thursday ISIS as retreating Middle East
Palestinian refugee driven into new exile by ISISUp to 70,000 Palestinians lived in Iraq before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to numbers provided by the U.N. refugee agency Features