Multiple explosions, gunfire near UN office in Jakarta kills 6; atleast 14 gunmen involved

A series of bombs killed at least six people including three police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, with shots fired outside a cafe as security forces moved in, police and witnesses said.


The explosions were close to a shopping centre, the Sarinah, where bodies were seen strewn on the ground.

Media said six bombs went of, and a gunfight going on. One blast went off in a Starbucks cafe and security forces were later seen entering the building.

“The Starbucks cafe windows are blown out. I see three dead people on the road. There has been a lull in the shooting but someone is on the roof of the building and police are aiming their guns at him,” said a Reuters photographer.

Helicopters were circling the area, which had been cordoned off. Heavily armed police evacuated a badly injured man who was lying on the road bleeding heavily.

Police slowly approached the man and stretchered him into a vehicle, about 25 metres from a severely damaged Starbucks Coffee house, as shots rang out.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks.The bombs come just weeks after Jakarta was placed on high alert after anti-terror police foiled what they said were plans for an New Year suicide attack in the Indonesian capital.

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* Indonesian police say cannot confirm explosion took place in west Jakarta suburb of Palmerah

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Indonesia police say around 10-14 gunmen involved in central Jakarta attack – Metro TV

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According to media reports, local police in Jakarta says upto 14 gunmen involved in bombings and gunfire.

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Taking to micro-blogging site, United Nations Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas said, “A massive #bomb went off in front of our new #Indonesia office as @collie_brown & I exit car. Chaos & we’re going into lock-down.”

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