Jakarta blasts: Indonesia tells Ottawa Canadian dead in attack

OTTAWA (AFP) - Ottawa said on Thursday (Jan 14) it was informed by Indonesian officials that a Canadian was killed in Jakarta when Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked suicide attackers struck the capital of the Muslim-majority country.

Canada's foreign affairs ministry "was informed by the Indonesian authorities that a Canadian citizen has been killed in these attacks," spokesman Nicolas Doire told AFP.

"Our consular officials in Jakarta are working with local authorities to verify the information, which is not yet confirmed."

Five extremists launched the assault that also left an Indonesian man dead and 24 other people injured, detonating explosives and shooting at people in a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices.

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Stephane Dion, in a statement offered "thoughts and deepest sympathies" to those affected.

The ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement published online.

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