Militants launched a gun and bomb assault in the centre of the Indonesian capital today, killing at least seven people, in an attack that followed a threat by Islamic State fighters to put the country in their "spotlight", police said.
Media said six bombs went off and a Reuters witness saw police exchanging fire with gunmen. Several hours after the attacks began, the witness heard more gunfire and at least one more explosion.
One blast was in a Starbucks cafe and security forces were later seen entering the building.
Police 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.
Indonesia has been on edge for weeks over the threat posed by Islamist militants and counter-terrorism police have launched a crackdown on people with suspected links to Islamic State.
"We have previously received a threat from Islamic State that Indonesia will be the spotlight," police spokesman Anton Charliyan told reporters. But he said police did not know who was responsible.
He said three policemen and three civilians had been killed. (REUTERS)
Comments - 9
onlooker Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:28 PM
Thanks to MR and Gota!
onlooker Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:30 PM
Send the Sri Lanka Police. They will eradicate terrorism. Do not forget to send some of the yahapalana preachers.
kumar Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:55 PM
Israel is the only country who knows how to handle Islamic extremism and no one else.
lkboy Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:29 AM
Thank god we now dont have this menace.
Appu Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:55 AM
That is a Muslim country. But we have to be careful about our country. Monitoring overseas calls and invaders from middle east
kan Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:30 PM
It seems only God can bring some senses to Islamic Militants and no one else..
Kumara Thursday, 14 January 2016 01:39 PM
Our country is safe because of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thera
Arnolis Thursday, 14 January 2016 01:53 PM
If ISIS were the true saviors of Muslims as they claim they should be attacking Israel. But they don't fire a single shot at Israel. Rather they kill Muslims or conduct attacks that will bring misery to Muslims.
Appu Thursday, 14 January 2016 03:10 PM
Israelis are not that much fools give a loop hole to carry out attack in a large scale
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