Blasts, Gunfire Rock Indonesian Capital Of Jakarta
A series of bomb blasts, which were followed by gunfire, rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.Advertisement
Three people have been reportedly killed in the attacks.
The blasts were executed at locations including a café at a shopping center near the presidential palace and UN offices, according to BBC. At least one of the blasts was carried out by a suicide bomber. As many as 14 militant gunmen could have been part of the attacks.
Police spokesman Anton Charliyan said, “We have previously received a threat from Islamic State that Indonesia will be the spotlight.” However, it hasn’t been made clear who is responsible for the attacks. Three policemen were also killed in the attacks.
Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, tweeted about the explosion, saying there were “serious” exchanges of gunfire outside his office. “A massive #bomb went off in front of our new (hash)Indonesia office as @collie—brown & I exit car. Chaos & we’re going into lock-down,” he wrote on his Twitter post. After three minutes, he wrote, “Apparent #suicidebomber literally 100m from the office and my hotel. Now gunfire.”
He said he had been only 150 meters from the site of the blast near the UN building. “Then we ran into the building,” he said. “We heard a third explosion. We got up to our office on the tenth floor and we heard a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. There is gunfire going on in the street right now.”
Gunfire followed the blast in front of the Sarinah shopping mall at a police station, located in an area that has several hotels, offices and embassies, including the French.
As reported by CBC News, a group of nine men had been arrested last month by the anti-terror police who said that the group had wanted to “perform a ‘concert’ to attract international news coverage of their existence here.”