Jakarta blasts: Explosions and gunfire – Indonesia under terror

At least six blasts went off in the city center of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in an apparent terrorist attack involving suicide bombers.
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Witnesses describe casualties, chaotic scenes, and exchanges of gunfire with police.

The official Twitter account of the Jakarta police said that one explosion went off in front of a shopping center known as Sarinah mall.

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At least one suicide bomber set off the explosions, Reuters quoted Indonesia’s national police spokesman as saying.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, an active shooter is reported to be on scene, according to France 24.

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Images from the scene reveal that the explosions caused damage to a checkpoint near the UN Information Center and a Starbucks coffee shop.

Police are asking people to stay away from windows, Jeremy Douglas, a United Nations Regional Representative, tweeted from the UN building.

Eyewitnesses have reported an exchange of gunfire following the explosions, while at least two bodies were seen lying on the ground.

Police struggle to rescue people as gunmen are still inside Mall Sarinah.

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Another blast was reported in Jakarta’s western suburb of Palmerah, according to Reuters.

Police are saying these attacks may be ISIS-related. Attackers arrived on motorcycles throwing grenades.

There were 10 to 14 attackers involved in the Jakarta blasts, the channel reported citing local media.

At least six people have been killed, including police officers, in Jakarta, police said, adding that Islamic State terrorists might have been behind the deadly blasts.

Eyewitnesses have reported an exchange of gunfire following the explosions, while at least three bodies were seen lying on the ground.

A police officer is among the dead, according to local authorities.

Media reports suggest that the death toll in Jakarta attacks has reached 17: five terrorists, five police officers and seven civilians.

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said a Dutch citizen has been seriously injured in the assaults.

The attack showed that “terrorism can hit everybody. Whether you are shopping in the heart of Paris, in a New York office or on vacation in Jakarta,” he said.

The attack in Jakarta has ended, police said, adding that security forces are in control of the situation.