Egypt condemns Jakarta terror attacks

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jan 2016

police officer gives a hand signal to a squad mate as they search a building after an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia. Counterterrorism forces apparently did not anticipate Jan. 14, 2016 (AP)

Egypt's foreign ministry condemned on Friday the terrorist attacks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta which left at least seven people dead on Thursday. 

"Egypt expresses its full support to Indonesia in these hard conditions as well renewing its call on the international community to unite against terrorism," a foreign ministry statement read.

At least seven people -- five attackers and two civilians -- were killed in Jakarta on Thursday as militants launched suicide, shooting and bombing attacks that tore through a Starbucks cafe and shook an embassy district in the Muslim-majority nation.

The Islamic State militant group announced that it had carried out the attacks, according to Aamaaq news agency which is allied to the group.

Egypt is battling an Islamist insurgency linked to ISIS that has gained pace since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.


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