ISIS claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks - As it happened

2016-01-14 10:30

The Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with ISIS, is quoting an unnamed source as saying the group carried out the series of six attacks in Jakarta. Seven people died in the incident, including five assailants.

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14 Jan 13:15

The Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with ISIS, is quoting an unnamed source as saying the group carried out the attack in Jakarta.

The report in Arabic said that a source told Aamaq that "fighters from ISIS carried out this morning an armed attack that targeted foreigners and the security forces tasked with protecting them in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta." - AP


14 Jan 11:31

A post doing the rounds on Twitter of a man claiming to be a part of a terrorist group involved in "an attack" on Jakarta.

Spoken in Bahasa.


14 Jan 11:28

For those catching up...

A series of suicide bombs and motorbike attacks took place in the CBD of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta on Thursday.

Three suicide bombers detonated themselves outside a Starbucks in a busy, "elite" area of the Jakarta CBD. Another three attacks took place in the neighbourhoods of Cikni, Silpi and Kuningan, which included armed men on motorbikes shooting at civilians and throwing grenades, leaving at least one body in the street.

Seven people have been confirmed dead, reportedly including five gunmen and two policemen.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Indonesian police have indicated ISIS gave a cryptic warning in November that an attack may be imminent.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo was quoted as saying: "We cannot be afraid & we cannot be defeated.”

Police say the situation is now under control, which can be read in the post below...


14 Jan 10:45

Jakarta police say attack over, they are in control

Jakarta - Indonesian police say the bombing and gun attack in a busy shopping area of downtown Jakarta has ended with five assailants confirmed dead.

Jakarta police spokesperson Colonel Muhammad Iqbal says two other people have also been killed in the Thursday morning attack around the Sarinah shopping mall, the oldest in Jakarta on Thamarin Street.

He says: "We believe there are no more attackers around Sarinah. We have taken control."

Two of the attackers were killed by police but did not say how the others died.

It's not clear if any more attackers are at large outside the Sarinah area. - AP


14 Jan 10:32

WATCH again...

WARNING: The following video will offend sensitive viewers.


14 Jan 10:25

More pictures coming out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Scenes outside a traffic police outpost in the CBD.

Picture by Romeo Gacad, AFP.


14 Jan 10:24

More pictures coming out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Scenes outside a traffic police outpost in the CBD.

Picture by Romeo Gacad, AFP.


14 Jan 10:23

More pictures coming out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Scenes outside the Starbucks in the CBD.

Picture by Romeo Gacad, AFP.


14 Jan 10:04

Jakarta - The deadly attacks on Thursday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, were not a complete surprise to Indonesian authorities, who warned last month of a credible threat.

The government deployed 150 000 security personnel to safeguard churches, airports and other public places across the predominantly Muslim nation, and made a series of pre-emptive arrests. - AP


14 Jan 09:55

A Dutch news broadcaster NOS TV journalist has posted this image of supposed weapons used by the Jakarta attackers:

A suicide pack and three grenades can be seen, among other weapons.


14 Jan 09:44

For those just catching up...

A series of suicide bombs and motorbike attacks have taken place in the CBD of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Three suicide bombers detonated themselves outside a Starbucks in a busy, "elite"area of the Jakarta CBD.

Another three attacks took place in the neighbourhoods of Cikni, Silpi and Kuningan, which included armed men on motorbikes shooting at civilians and throwing grenades, leaving at least one body in the street.

Seven people have died, including four gunmen and one policeman.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Indonesian police have indicated ISIS gave a cryptic warning in November that an attack may be imminent.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has launched a manhunt for the two suspects still at large, saying: "We cannot be afraid & we cannot be defeated.”

There is still an ongoing police operation to secure a theatre in Jakarta, but information has been scarce coming out of that area.


14 Jan 09:39

Starbucks is closing all of its Jakarta branches "until further notice", the global coffee giant said after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks on Thursday.

"This store and all other Starbucks stores in Jakarta will remain closed, out of an abundance of caution, until further notice. We are monitoring this situation closely," the company said in a statement. - AFP


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Starbucks meanwhile has said one customer sustained injuries from an explosion in Jakarta and was treated on the scene.

All employees are confirmed to be safe. - AP


14 Jan 09:13

ISIS gave a cryptic warning before Jakarta attacks

Jakarta - ISIS issued a cryptic warning before multiple blasts hit the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, killing at least four people, police said.

National police spokesperson Anton Charliyan said it was not clear yet which group had carried out what the Indonesian president has termed "acts of terror". But he said that ISIS issued a cryptic warning before the attacks.

"The warning said there will be a concert in Indonesia and it will be international news," he told a local radio station. - AFP


14 Jan 09:09
More video from CJ Werleman, a columnist for Middle East Eye.

He captured the two videos below from his old apartment in Jakarta opposite the Starbucks that was attacked.

WARNING: The following two videos may offend sensitive viewers.

14 Jan 09:01
WARNING: The following video will offend sensitive viewers.

14 Jan 09:00
Thus far, the death toll is reported at seven, including four of the attackers, and one policeman.

Two suspects are still on the run, reports Sky News.

14 Jan 08:57
Indonesia police have yet to confirm if any organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack, Al Jazeera reports.

14 Jan 08:50

Smoke billows from an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Image by Christian Hubel via AP.


14 Jan 08:50

Police officers are deployed near the site where an explosion went off in Jakarta.

Image by Dita Alangkara, AFP.

14 Jan 08:49
Police have said that six attackers were involved in the series of attacks in Jakarta.

Four have died, while two are on the run. - Al Jazeera

14 Jan 08:47

A statement from Starbucks in Indonesia:

"We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts that have taken place in Jakarta today; our hearts are with the people of Indonesia. 

"Amidst reports of attacks targeting police posts throughout central Jakarta, initial reports are that an explosion took place close to our store in the Skyline building near one of these police posts. 

"One customer sustained injuries and was treated on the scene; our partners (employees) are all confirmed to be safe. This store and all other Starbucks stores in Jakarta will remain closed, out of an abundance of caution, until further notice.We are monitoring this situation closely, and will provide additional information as it becomes available."


14 Jan 08:44
Gunmen have reportedly entered a Jakarta theatre, reports Al Jazeera.

Police are monitoring the area, and is an ongoing operation.

14 Jan 08:43
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14 Jan 08:38

Indonesia President Joko Widodo says he has ordered the national police chief and the minister for political and security affairs to hunt down and capture the perpetrators and those in their network.

Jokowi says he was cutting short his visit and returning to the capital.


14 Jan 08:36

Smoke rises after series of blasts outside a shopping centre in the Indonesia capital Jakarta.

Al Jazeera describes the area that was attacked as the elite, CBD area of the city.

UN offices and government buildings, as well as a popular shopping mall are all nearby.

Image by Bay Ismoyo, AFP.


14 Jan 08:35

14 Jan 08:34

WARNING: Image may offend sensitive viewers.

A body lies in the middle of the street near a damaged police post after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta.

Image by Bay Ismoyo, AFP.


14 Jan 08:31
At least 7 people have died, and four attackers are known to be involved, Al Jazeera reports.

14 Jan 08:27

Badly mangled bodies lying on the streets of Jakarta

Jakarta - Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least four people on Thursday, with police flooding the streets amid fears gun-toting militants were still on the run.

Witnesses said at least one gunman had attacked a cafe in the city centre, near a cluster of embassies shooting at bystanders, as a series of explosions rocked the area.

Badly mangled bodies were seen lying on the streets as security forces moved in, with regular reports of gunfire and warnings of snipers in the area.

Attackers reportedly used grenades.


14 Jan 08:25
"We cannot be afraid & we cannot be defeated," says Indonesia president Joko Widodo.

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14 Jan 08:14

Indonesian network TVOne says at least three more explosions have taken place in Jakarta, AP reports.

Those explosions also occurred on Thursday in Cikni, Silpi and Kuningan neighborhoods, near the Turkish and Pakistani embassies. - AP


14 Jan 08:13

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who is on a working visit in West Java town of Cirebon, has ordered security forces to hunt down the perpetrators and their network behind the attacks in Jakarta.

Jokowi says: "I have received reports some time ago about the explosion in Thamrin street Jakarta. We express condolence to those who became victims, but we all also condemn the attack that caused restless among the community." - AP


14 Jan 08:06
WATCH:

14 Jan 08:06

Jakarta - Witnesses are reporting three suicide bomb explosions, that took place at a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta.

A bank security guard says he saw at least five attackers, including three suicide bombers who exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta.

Tri Seranto tells The Associated Press he was out on the street when he saw the three men entering Starbucks and saw them blowing themselves up one by one. He says the other two attackers, carrying handguns, entered a police post from where he heard gunfire. He said he later saw one policeman dead and three seriously injured.

He says he was not injured in the explosions as he was a little distance away, but close enough to witness the attack at 10:30 local time. He says the two gunmen ran away with police chasing them.

A UN regional representative in Jakarta, Jeremy Douglas, also tweeted that a massive explosion in front of the UN office in the Indonesian capital has been followed by at six other blasts and gunfire. He said police made announcements for people to stay away from their windows.

The midmorning explosion on Thursday took place in front of the Sarinah shopping mall in an area that also has many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. - AP

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