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Indonesian police kill terrorist after failed bomb attack

Indonesian police kill terrorist after failed bomb attackIndonesian police said they shot and killed a suspected militant in the West Java capital of Bandung on Monday after his bomb exploded in a vacant lot and he fled into a municipal building and set it alight.

This is reported by Associated Press.

National police chief Tito Karnavian said the man was a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, which was designated a terrorist organisation by the U.S. in January. Members of the militant group have contacts with Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria who has instigated several attacks by JAD in Indonesia.

Karnavian said the attacker wanted fellow Islamic militants who are in prison to be released.

"What we know is that he is from JAD, but we are still not sure whether he has contact with Bahrun Naim," Karnavian said. "Clearly he wanted his friends to be released."

West Java police spokesman Yusri Yunus said the attacker was shot in the stomach and died on the way to a hospital.

No one apart from the suspected militant was hurt in the attack, which triggered a massive police response and gunbattle. TV footage showed police storming the building as black smoke billowed from its upper floors.

Yunus said another person may have been involved in the attack because witnesses told police they saw two men on a motorbike arrive at the lot where the bomb exploded and one of them riding away following the explosion.

The low-explosive bomb exploded about 50 meters (55 yards) from the municipal building.

Yunus said the man who entered the building was armed with a gun and apparently had explosives in a backpack. When police called on him to surrender, he responded by throwing out an explosive.

All workers in the building escaped after the attacker ran into it. TV footage showed police using a ladder to help some people out through the building's windows.
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