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Jakarta Blast: Death toll rises to seven, including four attackers

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Jakarta: At least 7 people, including four attackers are said to have died following the blasts that were heard in Indonesia’s capital Jakarata late Thursday morning. The first blast reportedly took place at a Starbucks cafe in Jalan Thamrin across Sarinah Plaza while the second blast took place outside a police kiosk located near the Sarinah mall.

There is no confirmation as yet on whether the third blast that took place in that locality was a grenade or a suicide bomber. No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Indonesian network TVOne reports that besides the blasts near Sarinah mall, three other blasts took place at Cikni, Silpi and Kuningan neighborhoods, near the Turkish and Pakistani embassies.

However, police have now said that the reports were rumours sent out by the terrorists on social media.

The police claims also seven blasts took place in the vicinity of each other.

“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.

 

Earlier Report:

At least two people were killed in a series of blasts in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with gunfire breaking out afterwards, BBC reported.

The blasts happened outside the Sarinah shopping centre, near the presidential palace and UN offices, media reports said.

Xinhua news agency reported scores of people were injured in the blast.

A UN official near the scene, Jeremy Douglas, told the BBC that gunfire was ongoing.

Police said they believe this is a bomb attack. There is no indication yet of who might be behind the assault. The area around the blast site has been cordoned off.

The explosions took place around 10.40 a.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB) in the shopping mall, Xinhua news agency reported.

A witness said at least three people were seen lying on the ground during the shootout.

Indonesia has been attacked by Islamist militant groups in the past.

 

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