Seven people, including the attackers, are confirmed dead in Jakarta today in a premeditated assault that ISIS is claiming responsibility for. Six explosions were reported in the Indonesian capital.
Here’s a roundup of what we know so far:
- Seven people were killed in a series of bomb and gun attacks in central Jakarta.Indonesian police said five attackers and two others, a Canadian and an Indonesian, were killed.
- The Islamic State group said its “crusader alliance” carried out the attack. Police spokesman Gen Anton Charliyan said: “They imitated the terror actions in Paris.”
- A Dutch man was among those wounded. Authorities in the Netherlands said a Dutch man was critically injured. Five policeman suffered gun or shrapnel wounds.
- Police declared they had regained control of the area five hours after an initial bomb attack at 10.30am local time. There were six explosions in quick succession, according to witnesses.
- At least one of the blasts occurred near the United Nations headquarters on Thamrin Road. A lockdown of the UN building has been lifted.
- A suicide bomber was killed in an attack at a nearby Starbucks. The company said one customer was injured.
- The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, condemned the attacks and appealed for calm. He said: “The state, nation and people should not be afraid of, and lose to, such terror acts.”
— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) January 14, 2016
As many will recall, Nine suspected Islamic State terrorists were detained in December 2015 with documents outlining plans for attacks very similar to the Paris Attacks in November.