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Islamic State claims deadly Jakarta attacks

At least 7 people, including 4 suspects, have been confirmed dead after several explosions and gunfire.

Multiple explosions were heard in the centre of the Indonesian capital Jakarta this morning. Picture: Edward Rees ‏@ReesEdward
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JAKARTA – Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for today's fatal attacks in the Indonesian capital.

The Jakarta police chief has also stated that Islamic State is ‘definitely’ behind the attacks in which at least seven people, including four suspects, have been confirmed dead, after several explosions and gunfire in and around a shopping district.

Multiple explosions and an intense gun battle in and around a shopping district and just several hundred metres from a United Nations office.

Close-up map of Jakarta, Indonesia, showing area of deadly blasts and shoot-out on Thursday.

Indonesia's security chief says the situation is now under control.

“We are not too sure about the damage at this point in time. We’re just trying to monitor the local and international news agencies for our information feed.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered security forces to hunt down the perpetrators and their network behind today's deadly attacks in Jakarta.

Widodo will hold an emergency cabinet meeting later today to discuss the situation.

Indonesian police commandos secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on 14 January 2016. Picture: AFP/Romeo Gacad
Indonesian police commandos secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on 14 January 2016. Picture: AFP.

It also appears that a United Nations official was killed.

The country saw a spate of militant attacks in the 2000s, the deadliest of which was a nightclub bombing on the holiday island of Bali that killed 202 people, most of them tourists.

Police have been largely successful in destroying domestic militant cells since then, but officials have more recently been worrying about a resurgence inspired by groups such as Islamic State and Indonesians who return after fighting with the group.

The last major militant attacks in Jakarta were in July 2009, with bombs at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels.

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