7 Dead In Explosion And Gunfire Near Sarinah, Jakarta

14 01 2016

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At least seven were killed in a series of bombing in Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, near the Sarinah shopping complex 10:50 this morning, Local time (Western Indonesia).

Sky News reported, there were several large explosions across the city – with reports suicide bombers targeted multiple locations, including a Starbucks cafe at a busy shopping centre near the presidential palace and United Nations offices.

Police said a gun battle with attackers also took place inside a cinema at the retail complex.

Bodies could be seen in the streets as the Starbucks cafe windows were blown out due to the explosion.

Footage showed two suicide bombers blow themselves up outside the cafe, and a militant was also believed to have been captured on film exchanging gunfire with police.

Two civilians died in the attacks, and there were conflicting reports of a foreign national was either injured or killed.

A United Nations building close to the scene was in lockdown, and other high-rise buildings in the area have been evacuated.


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