Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran raps Jakarta terrorist attacks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday condemned the deadly blasts that earlier in the day hit the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta, leaving at least seventeen people dead.

Up to seven blasts and multiple gunfights hit Jakarta on Thursday, including one outside the United Nations building in the center of the capital, and killed at least seventeen people.

Jaberi Ansari strongly denounced the attacks, and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims as well as the Indonesian nation and government.

He further expressed the hope that such “inhumane moves” would not dent the admirable resolve of the Indonesian nation to continue promoting the true image of Islam.

The occurrence of such terrorist acts in Indonesia, whose people are known for their moderation and has always been a pioneer in UN peace-keeping missions in the world, once again proved that terrorism and extremism know no borders, Jaberi Ansari noted.

He further said the perpetrators, supporters, and sponsors of such moves should be seriously dealt with.

Iran, with its great experience in the fight against terrorism, stands beside the Indonesian nation and government, the Iranian spokesman added, underscoring the necessity for a global and integrated fight against terrorism and violent extremism as well as the need for a serious international resolve to eradicate the phenomenon.

Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Muhammad Iqbal said seventeen people including five attackers were killed in the Thursday terrorist attacks.

Five policemen and seven civilians were also among the dead.

It is estimated that 500 to 700 Indonesians have joined the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria and the government has expressed concern their return home could spark attacks. Separatist groups also operate in the country.

Indonesia suffered its deadliest attack in 2002, when 202 people were killed in three bomb attacks in the tourist hotspot Bali.

Major bomb attacks by extremist groups followed until 2009 when a crackdown weakened their operations. The emergence of ISIL has raised concerns that the networks will be reinforced.

As the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesian religious and civil society organizations have stepped up campaigns to fight the spread of violent extremism.

By Tasnim News Agency