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Recap: 7 dead after gunfire, explosions rock Jakarta

Among those killed are five assailants, one Canadian and an Indonesian civilian says Indonesia's Cabinet Secretariat.

JAKARTA: Multiple explosions and gunshots rang out in Jakarta on Thursday (Jan 14), leaving seven people dead, including five Islamic State-linked attackers, a Canadian and an Indonesian civilian. The explosions happened at a police post near Sarinah shopping mall along the busy Jalan Thamrin. 

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12.19AM: More than 100 people were seen milling at the blast site, Channel NewsAsia's Pichayada Promchertchoo reports. A wreath placed along Jalan MH Thamrin bore a sign that said "We are not afraid". The Starbucks outlet that was gutted in the attack was boarded up by police to preserve evidence.


The Starbucks cafe that was wrecked by a blast (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

                 

Dozens gathered at the Jakarta blasts site close to midnight (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

11.01PM: Singapore-based Austrian national Manfred Stoifl tells Channel NewsAsia about his experience at the blast site. 

"There was suddenly a loud, big flash and a loud bang. By the time I was conscious again, I looked around and Starbucks was basically gone," he says.

"I was in Starbucks. And there was suddenly a loud, big flash and a loud bang”: A Singapore-based Austrian national who was injured in the #JakartaBlasts recounts the terror. http://bit.ly/1OkcICE

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Thursday, 14 January 2016

10.28PM: Islamic State officially claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks in a statement, Reuters reports. 

9.28PM: Suicide bombers set off the first two blasts at the Starbucks outlet and police post in Sarinah, says Indonesian police Inspector-General Tito Karnavian. According to Mr Tito, authorities later used a bomb removal device to uncover six more explosives. 5 were fist-sized, while the last one was the "size of a biscuit tin".

8.55PM: "The government is not afraid and we're sure that the citizens are not afraid either," says the Indonesian Cabinet Secretariat in a press conference.

8.45PM: "I am confident the Indonesian government will deal with the situation decisively," Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says in his letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

8.30PM: 65-year-old physician Tanzil Kunadi, who is travelling home to Jakarta on Thursday evening, tells a Channel NewsAsia reporter he is not worried: "These things happen everywhere. It happened before in Paris. This time, it's Jakarta. Everything is under God."

7.40PM: The seven killed include a Canadian, an Indonesian civilian and five assailants, a statement from the Indonesian Cabinet Secretariat says. It adds that 15 civilians and five police officers are among the injured. The Cabinet says roads surrounding the site have been opened as the situation is "deemed to be normal". The medical expenses of those injured due to the blasts, regardless of whether the injuries are minor or serious, will be covered by the government, it stated.

The Cabinet also confirmed that the bomb blasts only hit Starbucks Sarinah and the intersection at Jalan Sarinah. At a press conference, Cabinet Secretariat Pramono Anung says: "The government is not afraid and we're sure the citizens aren't afraid either."

6.58PM: A news agency allied to Islamic State says the group carried out the attacks. "Islamic State fighters carried out an armed attack this morning targeting foreign nationals and the security forces charged with protecting them in the Indonesian capital," says Aamaaq news agency on its Telegram channel.

6.42PM: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says in a statement to Indonesian President Joko Widodo that Thailand is ready to support Indonesia "in any possible way". 

6.40PM: Indonesian President Joko Widodo tweets: "I extend my condolences to those killed in today's acts of terror. We will chase, we will catch and we will punish those involved, as well as the mastermind."

He visited the site of the blasts along with Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at about 5pm.



(Photos: Indonesian President's Office)

6.21PM: Indonesians have taken to social media to express their solidarity after the deadly attacks, by spreading the hashtag #KamiTidakTakut, which translates to "we are not afraid". Other variations of the "no fear" message are being posted, including #BraveJakarta or #JakartaBerani and #JakartaKuat. 

6.15PM: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says in a tweet that Australians' thoughts, prayers and resolute solidarity are with the people of Indonesia, following the deadly attacks. 


5.51PM: Five policemen had gunshot wounds after a clash with attackers in front of the Starbucks outlet AP quotes Indonesian Deputy Police Chief Budi Gunawan as saying. He says police are taking steps to secure other areas that may be targets of terror attacks as well as setting up checkpoint with the assistance of the army.

5.45PM: No Thai nationals are among the casualties, the Thai Foreign Ministry confirms. 

5.36PM: Philippine security has expressed concern over the "emerging threat" of terrorism after the attacks. "Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country," Philippine military and police say in a joint statement. 

5.35PM: China's Foreign Ministry says there are no Chinese nationals among the Jakarta blast casualties. Chinese authorities also condemned those responsible for the attack, CCTV reports.

5.23PM: An Islamic State-linked group is suspected of carrying out Jakarta attacks, a national police spokesman told AFP. "From what we see today, this group is following the pattern of the Paris attacks," he added.


5.08PM: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore condemns these attacks. "We will give our full support to the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice," he wrote on Facebook.

4.54PM: Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits the site of the attacks together with Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.


Indonesian President Joko Widodo arriving at the site of the attacks with Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (Photo: Indonesian President's Office) 

4.45PM: Jakarta police say the terror attack is over and that no more assailants are at large.

4.40PM: Singapore has stepped up security measures in the wake of the Jakarta blasts, says Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean. In a Facebook post, DPM Teo said he called his Indonesian counterpart, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to convey condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the attacks. Both agreed to enhance cooperation for the security of our two countries, he said.

4.33PM: Malaysian police say they have raised the security alert to the highest level according to Reuters.

4.30PM: The 7 dead include five attackers and two civilians - a Dutch citizen and an Indonesian - says Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan.

4.23PM: Indonesian police say the situation is under control but that all police officers and Indonesian National Armed Forces are still on standby. They say the rumours of hostages and bombs in other locations are untrue.

4.20PM: Wire agencies say the death toll from the attacks has risen to seven. 

4.15PM: Jakarta police say prior to the attack, Islamic State issued a cryptic warning saying there would be a "concert in Indonesia and it will be international news".

4.05PM: The Jakarta attacks come after six years of relative calm in the Indonesian capital. A timeline of recent extremist attacks in Indonesia.

3.53PM: The Associated Press has published what appears to be a close-up photo of a gunman.


3.50PM: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he is "deeply shocked and saddened" by the Jakarta attacks and says his country stands ready to help in any way.

3.44PM: Indonesian police arrested four suspected militants believed to have been involved in the gun and bomb attacks reports Reuters.

3.36PM: Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla says authorities are working to identify those behind the Jakarta blasts. "The country will not fall to such acts of terror."

3.33PM: More gunfire reported according to ABC journalists on the ground.

3.29PM: The ‪number of people killed now stands at 6, with two civilians and four of the assailants dead.

DEATH TOLL: The number of people killed in the #JakartaBlasts now stands at 6, with two civilians and four of the...

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

3.00PM: Starbucks, which has an outlet located near the scene of the blasts, says a customer was injured in the incident. It also confirms all its staff are safe.

The cafe chain adds that all its stores in Jakarta will be closed "out of an abundance of caution".


2.50PM: No Malaysians have been affected in the incident so far, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


2.45 PM: Four suspected militants have been shot dead, reports Reuters, citing local police. 

2.30PM: All Singapore Airlines flights to Indonesia are operating normally, but a spokesperson said that the carrier is monitoring the situation. 

2.20PM: There are no indications yet that Islamic State is behind the attacks, says the head of the national intelligence agency. "This is definitely terrorism but there are no indications yet that it's ISIS-related," says Sutiyoso.

2.10PM: Singapore has condemned the attacks and expresses condolences to the families of the victims, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“MFA is deeply shocked to learn of the multiple explosions in Jakarta targeted at innocent civilians. We condemn these attacks and express our condolences to the families of the victims. We support the Indonesian Government in its efforts to bring those responsible to justice." 

The Singapore Embassy in Jakarta is contacting registered Singaporeans in the city to ascertain their safety, MFA adds.

2.06PM: US Embassy in Jakarta issues emergency announcement telling its citizens to avoid key locations in the Indonesian capital.


2.00PM: Indonesian President Joko Widodo cuts short a trip to central Java to return to Jakarta. Calling the incident "acts of terror", he urges Indonesians not to speculate over who was behind the attacks.

#JakartaBlasts: Indonesian Presiden Joko Widodo says multiple attacks were "acts of terror", urges public to stay calm. LIVE UPDATES: bit.ly/1UQt33y

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, January 13, 2016



1.58PM: Another explosion is heard near a central Jakarta building, the scene of the attacks, reports Reuters.


1.40PM: Latest death toll, according to Reuters is six, with three police officers and three civilians killed, citing Indonesia's national police spokesman. 

Witnesses, according to Reuters, say security forces are continuing to pursue several assailants. 

One blast was in a Starbucks cafe and security forces were later seen entering the building.

Police said they suspected a suicide bomber was responsible for at least one of the blasts and up to 14 militant gunmen were involved in the attack, Metro TV reported.


1.30PM: Police with sniffer dogs enter the incident area towards Djakarta Theatre. The attackers are still at large, according to a police spokesperson.

1.07PM: At least four people - one police officer and three civilians - have died in the seven explosions, say police. Offices in Jakarta have told their workers to stay indoors for safety reasons. 

"For now the gunfire has stopped but they are still on the run, we are afraid there will be more gunshots," says national police spokesman Anton Charliyan.


12.55pm: Police say they have received a warning purportedly from Islamic State in late December about a "possible incident that could cause international news", according to a Channel NewsAsia reporter.

Channel NewsAsia's Saifulbahri Ismail with the latest on the #JakartaBlasts. LIVE UPDATES: http://bit.ly/1UQt33y

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

12.50pm: Reuters witness saw three dead people and a gunfight going on. One blast went off in a Starbucks cafe and security forces were later seen entering the building.

"The Starbucks cafe windows are blown out. I see three dead people on the road. There has been a lull in the shooting but someone is on the roof of the building and police are aiming their guns at him," said a Reuters photographer.


Police hunting for the attackers following a series of explosions in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)

12.35pm: "This is a bomb," Anton Charliyan, national police spokesman tells AFP. He warns people to stay away, saying police fear there could be more bombs.


Indonesian police pursuing shooters. 

Smoke billowing from the scene of explosions in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

12.15pm: AFP has reported three bodies seen lying on the ground. Roads in the area have been closed.