Indonesia says two killed, several wounded in blast at police station

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Indonesia says two killed, several wounded in blast at police station

Officers guard a road block on a street leading to a police station, where an explosion occurred on December 7, 2022 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. AHMAD FAUZAN AP JAKARTA -- Indonesian authorities said on Wednesday that two people were killed and several wounded when a suspected Islamic militant blew himself up shortly after entering a police station in Bandung.

The head of the public information bureau for the National Police, Ahmad Ramadhan, said Bandung police were coordinating with the counter-terrorism unit to investigate the incident.

A policeman stands guard at the site of a blast at a police station in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia on December 7, 2022. Ibnu Suhendra of Indonesia's counterterrorism agency BNPT told Metro TV that the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah JAD group may have been behind the attack. He said JAD had carried out similar attacks in Indonesia.

The attack killed the suspected perpetrator and one officer, wounding eight others, including officers and one civilian, Ibrahim Tompo, a spokesman for the West Java police, told reporters on Metro TV.

Footage from Metro TV shows damage to the police station, with debris from the building on the ground and smoke rising from the scene.

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Islamic militants have carried out attacks in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation in recent years, including churches, police stations and venues frequented by foreigners.

In an effort to crack down on militants, Indonesia created a new anti-terrorism law after suicide bombings linked to JAD.