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1 suspect killed, 2 arrested in nationwide raids

SECURITY: Indonesian policemen patrol near the bomb blast site at Thamrin business district in Jakarta. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesian police killed one suspected militant and arrested two more in raids across the country yesterday, a day after Thursday's attack.

Police chiefs across the country were on high alert, some embassies in Jakarta were closed for the day and security was stepped up in Bali, a draw for tourists from Australia and other Asian countries.

Security forces killed a suspected militant in a gun battle in Central Sulawesi, while two others were arrested in the city of Cirebon.

The three are believed to be Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) supporters, but not directly connected to the Jakarta attack, police said.

The city's police chief Tito Karnavian said the rise of ISIS was a cause for serious concern.

He said: "We need to strengthen our response and preventive measures, including legislation... and we hope our counterparts in other countries can work together because it is not home-grown terrorism, it is part of the ISIS network."

RESPONSE

In response to the Jakarta attacks, Philippine President Benigno Aquino ordered security forces to strengthen defences of "soft" targets.

Malaysia placed the country on its highest alert.

Indonesia has seen attacks by Islamist militants before, but a coordinated assault by a team of suicide bombers and gunmen is unprecedented and has echoes of the sieges in Mumbai seven years ago and in Paris in November.

- Reuters


We need to strengthen our response and preventive measures, including legislation... and we hope our counterparts in other countries can work together because it is not home-grown terrorism, it is part of the ISIS network.

- Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian