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Jakarta terror attacks: Islamic State launches 'Paris-style' assault on Indonesian capital, targeting Starbucks

Video shows explosions and gunfight in shopping district

By Claire Cromie

Published 14/01/2016

Seven people are dead following an Islamic State attack on Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, say police - but five of those killed were the attackers themselves.

Suicide bomb explosions were set off at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area, where militants waged a gun battle with police and blew themselves up.

The three-hour siege came after police warnings in recent weeks that Islamic militants were planning something big.

There were unconfirmed media reports of more explosions in other parts of the Indonesian capital.

It was the first major violence in the city since the 2009 bombings of two hotels that killed seven people and injured more than 50. Before that, a bombing in a nightclub on the resort island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, which took place in front of the Sarinah shopping mall on Thamrin Street and prompted a security lockdown in central Jakarta with enhanced checks all over the crowded city of 10 million.

"This act is clearly aimed at disturbing public order and spreading terror among people," President Joko Widodo said in a statement on television. He was on a working visit to the West Java town of Cirebon, but was returning to Jakarta immediately.

"The state, the nation and the people should not be afraid of, and lose to, such terror acts," he said.

Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Muhammad Iqbal said : "We believe there are no more attackers around Sarinah. We have taken control."

He said two of the attackers were killed by police but did not say how the others died.

Indonesian police take position behind a vehicle as they pursue suspects after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYOBAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Indonesian police take position behind a vehicle as they pursue suspects after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYOBAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Indonesian police secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least four people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed "acts of terror", with fears that militants were still on the run. Starbucks announced in a statement that the company was closing all of its Jakarta branches "until further notice" after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACADROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images
Police (L) hide behind vehicles during an exchange of gunfire with suspects hiding near a Starbucks cafe when another blast happens in Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYOBAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers gather outside a Pizza Hut restaurant next door to a Starbucks cafe which was attacked in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Suicide bombers exploded themselves in downtown Jakarta on Thursday while gunmen attacked a police post nearby, a witness told The Associated Press. Local television reported more explosions in other parts of the city. (Christian Hubel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Indonesian military guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Indonesian soldiers man an armored vehicle as they guard near the site where an attack occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Police officers take cover behind a vehicle during a gun battle with attackers near the site where an explosion went off in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: A view of the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Indonesian policemen investigate the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
People carry an injured police officer near the site where an explosion went off at a police post, rear, in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo)
Armed Indonesian soldiers secure the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang outside Jakarta on January 14, 2016, following bomb attacks by militants in central Jakarta. An Indonesian organisation with links to the Islamic State group is suspected of carrying out deadly shootings and suicide bombings in Jakarta on January 14, and was thought to be copying November attacks in Paris, police said. AFP PHOTO / BIMA SAKTISTR/AFP/Getty Images
Indonesian armed military patrol the area near cafe after a series of blasts hit Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An attack on Jakarta is over and no more perpertators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left seven dead in the Indonesian capital. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYOBAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
This photograph released by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R foreground) accompanied by officials and police inspecting the area outside the Starbucks coffee shop damaged by a series of explosions in central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An assault on Jakarta is over and no more perpetrators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left five attackers and two civilians dead in the Indonesian capital. AFP PHOTO / CAHYO SUSMITO / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE---- EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USED --- MANDATORY CREDIT -- "AFP PHOTO / CAHYO SUSMITO / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE" --- NO MARKETING --- NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --CAHYO SUSMITO/AFP/Getty Images
A police armored vehicle is parked outside a Starbucks Cafe near where an explosion went off in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
A police officer holds his pistol during a gun-battle with attackers near the site of an explosion, rear, in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows. (AP Photo)

Tri Seranto, a bank security guard, said he saw at least five attackers, including three who triggered explosions at the Starbucks. It was not immediately clear if they exploded bombs or grenades.

Mr Tri described them as suicide bombers but General Anton Charilyan, a spokesman for the national police, denied they blew themselves up.

TVOne, a local television network, reported three more explosions in other parts of the city.

After the first explosions a gun battle broke out between the attackers and anti-terror police, and gunfire could be heard more than 90 minutes later.

About two hours later, another explosion was heard from a cafe near the Starbucks, about five minutes after 25 anti-terror police entered. It was not clear if the explosion was a controlled detonation or a bomb.

The area has many luxury hotels, and offices and embassies, including the French. The other set of explosions were in neighbourhoods where the embassies of Turkey and Pakistan are located.

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