On Thursday 14 January 2016, a series of explosions rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with gun battles on the streets that left at least seven people dead.
Reportedly the explosions were centred around Thamrin Street, a major shopping and business district close to United Nations and other foreign embassies offices. The explosions were reported at about 11am by the local media indicating the involvement of at least three suicide bombers in the explosions.
According to the sources, Police forces, acting quickly, took control over the the situation. Indonesian police told sources, around 10-14 gunmen were involved in the central Jakarta attacks, indicating that the attacks were “definitely” the work of Islamic State
“five police officers died from gunfire wounds and two civilians, including one Canadian, were killed in bombings”
“five attackers also died….a manhunt is underway for other suspects.”
One blast was triggered at Starbucks cafe and another was reported at UN’s building.
“Then we ran into the building. We heard a third explosion. We got up to our office on the tenth floor and we heard a fourth, a fifth and a sixth.” A UN official, Jeremy Douglas
Luhut Panjaitan, Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, told local media that :
“five terrorists were killed, we are not sure whether there are more people are out there, but the investigation is ongoing.”
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo also condemend the the attacks, calling it an “act of terror”:
“We all are grieving for the fallen victims of this incident, but we also condemn the act that has disturbed the security and peace and spread terror among our people,”
Indonesia, reported to be the world’s most populous Muslim country which has previously faced issues with homegrown terrorist groups has been on high alert since authorities said they had foiled a plot by Islamic militants to attack government officials, foreigners and others recently.
Source : CNN