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Jakarta attacks: Bombs and gunfire rock Indonesian capital

Media captionEyewitness Jeremy Douglas: "We heard a third [explosion]...a fourth, a fifth, a sixth"
A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with gun battles on the streets.
The blasts were centred around Thamrin Street, a major shopping and business district close to foreign embassies and the United Nations offices.
Police say the situation is now under control, with five suspected attackers among at least seven people killed.
It is not yet clear what group was behind the assault, which President Joko Widodo called 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," he said.
Armed police on the scene in Jakarta, Indonesia (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionHeavily armed police are on the streets of the capital
Images from Jakarta have showed several bodies lying on the road outside a cafe, as well as seriously injured people being carried away.
Details remain unclear, but at least one of the blasts hit a Starbucks cafe outside the Sarinah shopping centre and next to a police security post.
Eyewitnesses say several attackers entered the cafe and detonated explosives.
Police on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThere were reports of police chasing suspects
Armed police on the scene in Jakarta, Indonesia (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionPolice urged people to stay indoors in case of further explosions
Armed police, snipers and armoured vehicles were deployed on the streets of the capital.
Gunfire broke out after police arrived at the cafe - there were several further explosions and reports of police chasing suspects. Sporadic gunfire was reported for several hours afterwards.
BBC Indonesian reporter, Jerome Wirawan said police cordoned off the area around the shopping centre.
A UN official, Jeremy Douglas, told the BBC he was about 150m (450ft) away from one of the first blasts near the 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."

'Under control'

A few hours later, police said four attackers had been killed, then shortly after revised the number to five, including a foreigner.
National Police Deputy Chief Commander Gen Budi Gunawan said two had been killed in a shootout outside a theatre and two others blew themselves up at the police post in front of Starbucks.
Police spokesman Col Muhammad Iqbal said the situation was "under control", with no suspects hiding inside the shopping centre.
Police had initially said there could be up to 14 assailants.
An injured policeman is removed from the Starbucks cafe in Jakarta (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightEPA
Image captionAt least one police officer was injured inside the Starbucks cafe
Police cordon off the Starbucks cafe (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightEPA
Image captionPolice cordoned off the area around the cafe
Armoured police vehicles on the streets of Jakarta (14 Jan 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionArmoured police vehicles have been sent out on the streets
Indonesia has been attacked by Islamist militant groups in the past and was on high alert over the new year period after threats from the so-called Islamic State (IS).
National police spokesman Anton Charliyan said while it was not yet clear who carried out the attack, IS had warned of a "concert in Indonesia" which would be international news.
Chief security minister Luhut Pandjaitan said it was "too early" to talk about IS involvement.
"Five terrorists are dead and we don't know if there are any more. We are investigating," he said.

'Maximum damage': Karishma Vaswani, BBC News

Republic of Indonesia

Capital: Jakarta

  • Population 243 million
  • Area 1.9 million sq km (742,308 sq miles)
  • Major languages Indonesian, 300 regional languages
  • Major religion Islam
  • Life expectancy 68 years (men), 72 years (women)
  • Currency Rupiah
Jakarta police have been saying for some time that an attack on Indonesian soil may be just a matter of time.
Although it isn't yet clear who is behind these attacks, they appear designed to inflict maximum damage.
Although no-one has claimed responsibility for these attacks, in the last few years there have been anywhere between 150-200 Indonesians who it is thought have gone to Syria to fight with IS.
Many have since returned and the police have thought that they might be preparing an attack in Indonesia.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation but by and large is secular, although in recent years the threat of radicalism has remained high as small networks of militants are still thought to be operating in the country.

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