Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Polices central forensics laboratory (Puslabfor) is analyzing the different weapons and grenades used by the perpetrators of Thursday mornings bomb blasts and shootout near the Sarinah department store at Thamrin Boulevard, Central Jakarta.

"We are analyzing the evidence today. We cannot elaborate on the evidence because we should wait for the evaluation results of Puslabfor," National Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti stated here on Friday.

Speaking in connection with the identity of the perpetrators, Haiti noted that the police had identified the perpetrators of the Jakarta terror attack.

Nevertheless, the police, through the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team, will confirm the identities of the alleged perpetrators by comparing the Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) samples taken from their bodies with those of their family members.

"We cannot certainly rely on visual identification. We have urged the DVI to confirm the identities of the bodies," he noted.

Earlier, Chief of Jakartas Metro Jaya Police Inspector General Tito Karnavian had confirmed that the perpetrators of the Jakarta terror attack had been identified.

"We have identified them and from what group they belong," he said here on Friday.

The attackers are from an ISIS-linked group led by Bahrunnaim who wanted to head the ISIS group in Southeast Asia, he stated.

The police have intensified security arrangements at vital locations and busy areas.

All casualties are still in the police hospital of Kramat Jati, according to Karnavian.

Security guards of the Sarinah Department Store, who witnessed the attack, recalled that at 10:30 a.m. local time, six people carrying backpacks tried to enter the Sarinah building.

After searching their bags, the security guards suspected that they were carrying bombs, and hence, took them to a police post located near Sarinah.

Three of them, however, blew themselves up in the police post, while three others escaped and ran towards a nearby Starbucks Coffee shop.

One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in front of the Starbucks cafe, while the rest pointed their guns at the people in the coffee shop.

Police personnel later arrived and a shootout started in front of the Starbucks cafe.

At 11:40 a.m. local time, the shootout ended, and the police officers combed the Cakrawala building, where Starbucks is located, to catch the escaping attackers. At 11:52 a.m. local time, gunshots were heard from the building.

Karnavian earlier confirmed that the attackers were linked to the ISIS terror group.

"Our team is now searching the networks members who are linked to the ISIS group in Raqqa," he noted at a press conference held at the presidential office following a meeting led by the president on the issue on Thursday.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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