Suspected ISIS attacks in Jakarta

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The Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been rocked by multiple explosions and gunfire that have killed several people and injured dozens more in suspected suicide attacks reportedly carried out by Islamic State militants.

  • 14 January 2016

05:56 GMT

Some of the gunmen are reportedly hiding the Theatre complex in the centre of the city.

“It is believed that several gunmen are currently hiding in the Jakarta Theatre, a cinema near the affected area. A lot people are believed to be still inside. Police has the building surrounded,” Al Jazeera reporter on the scene said.

  • 05:55 GMT

One more blast has been heard near a central building attacked by the militants in Jakarta, Reuters cited an eyewitness as saying.

  • 05:49 GMT

The #PrayForJakarta hashtag has been recently trending on Twitter. Users around the world have been expressing solidarity with people in the Indonesian capital.

  • 05:36 GMT

“We have previously received a threat from Islamic State that Indonesia will be in the spotlight,” police spokesman Anton Charliyan said.

  • 05:35 GMT

The death toll from the Jakarta attacks has reached six people, Reuters cited police as saying.

  • 05:30 GMT

At least four people have been killed, including police officers, in Jakarta, police said, adding that Islamic State militants might have been behind the deadly blasts.

Another blast was reported in Jakarta’s western suburb of Palmerah, according to Reuters.

  • 05:29 GMT

At least one suicide bomber set off the explosions, Reuters quoted Indonesia’s national police spokesman as saying.

 

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