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Jakarta police find IS flag and letter threatening to turn city into warzone

JAKARTA — The Jakarta police said on Tuesday (July 4) they are investigating an incident in which an Islamic State flag was hoisted on the gate of a police station in South Jakarta.

JAKARTA — The Jakarta police said on Tuesday (July 4) they are investigating an incident in which an Islamic State flag was hoisted on the gate of a police station in South Jakarta.

The 100-centimeter high and 50-centimeter wide flag had a letter attached to it, containing threats to police. It was spotted in the early hours of Tuesday.

Two officers heard a motorcycle stopping in front of the gate and saw the driver fleeing before they noticed the flag, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr Comr Argo Yuwono said.

Sr Comr Argo told the Jakarta Post that the letter also threatened to turn Jakarta into a warzone like Marawi in the Philippines, the site of an ongoing conflict between IS-linked terrorist groups and Philippine government troops. 

"We're currently investigating the incident," Sr Comr Argo said.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat told the Jakarta Post on Tuesday that the incident should be considered a serious threat by the terrorist group. 

"This is a warning to the police and citizens to be more vigilant,” said Mr Djarot. 

However, Mr Djarot added that he believes the police will be able to "overcome it (potential terrorist threats)" , and that he entrusted the safety of the city to the police.  AGENCIES

 

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