Jakarta rattled by bomb and gun attacks

At least seven killed, including five suspected attackers, in Indonesian capital, as police declare end of operations.

At least seven people have been killed in a series of coordinated bomb and gun attacks in central Jakarta, Indonesia’s police told Al Jazeera, as blasts rang out of the capital’s downtown area.

An unknown number of people were injured in the security operations at the Sarinah shopping complex on Thamrin Street in Jakarta’s central district on Thursday.

Police said the attack has ended and that security forces are in control of the area.

Earlier police reports said five gunmen were killed and that another five policemen and seven civilians were also dead. Police later revised the toll to a total of seven, including four attackers.

All six blasts occurred about 50 metres apart in the central business district, which also houses a United Nations office.

Earlier, tweets from the account of Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the UN office on Drugs and Crime for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, described a bomb and “serious” exchanges of gunfire on the street outside his office.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen, reporting from Jakarta, said a police post was destroyed in a grenade blast and that sporadic gunfire was heard in the downtown area of the capital.

 

“Six gunmen on motorbikes entered the downtown area carrying long rifles, shooting into the crowd, with some carrying explosives,” Vaessen said. “One of the gunman shot a police officer from close range.”

Some gunmen on motorbikes reportedly escaped, police sources told Al Jazeera.

“Witnesses told Al Jazeera that they found nails on the streets near the affected area, indicating that the fragments came from the explosives used in the attacks,” Vaessen said.  

The attacks caused panic and prompted a security lockdown and enhanced checks in several areas in the city of 10 million.

“The police are still investigating so we don’t know how and why the attack happened. There were at least six explosions, and so far it looks like the police was the target,” our correspondent said. 

Police gathered outside a restaurant near the scene of an attack in central Jakarta [Beawiharta/Reuters]

Presidential statement

The attacks in the Sarinah area in downtown Jakarta also damaged a Starbucks coffee house [Al Jazeera]

Police were deployed near the site where one explosion went off, as local media reported more blasts in other parts of the city [Dita Alangkara/AP]
Source: Al Jazeera

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