Asean 'strongly condemn' Jakarta attacks

Asean nations "strongly condemn" Thursday's terrorist attacks on Jakarta, the bloc of 10 South-east Asian countries said in a foreign ministers' statement on Friday (Jan 15).

"Asean Member States strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January 2016, which caused the loss of innocent lives, injuries, and damage to properties," the statement said.

The statement conveyed Asean's condolences to the Indonesian government as well as the victims of the attack, which killed seven people of whom five were the attackers.

It also praised Indonesian security forces' "swift and courageous actions in responding to the attack".

It added: "Asean fully supports the Government of Indonesia in bringing the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice, and remains united and committed to working with the international community to further intensify its cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whom so ever it is committed."