At least seven people have been killed in a series of attacks in central Jakarta on Thursday.
Multiple explosions have been reported, the first at around 10.50 a.m. local time in the car park of a Starbucks café at a building adjacent to the Sarinah department store on Jalan M.H. Thamrin. The initial explosion was followed by six more over the next ten minutes, including at a police station, witnesses told Jakarta Globe. At least one of the blasts happened near United Nations headquarter on Thamrin Road.
The Starbucks café was reportedly the target of a series of possible suicide bombings earlier in the morning. Media reports indicated that grenades might have been used in the attack. Police said two civilians and five terrorists died during the attack, with four attackers arrested. Anton Charliyan, a national police spokesman revealed that they have previously received a threat from ISIS that Indonesia will be hit. Officials say that at least 20 people were injured, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Amaq News Agency, an ISIS-linked media outlet, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the country would not be defeated by acts of terror. “We all grieve at the loss of life from this incident,” the leader said in a statement in Cirebon, West Java. “I have ordered the police chief and the chief security minister to chase down and capture [the attackers], those who were [involved] in this incident and those in their networks. As a nation, a people and a society, we cannot be defeated or made afraid by acts of terror such as this,” the president added.