The explosions that hit Indonesia’s capital have ended.
The nation’s president Joko Widodo says the situation is under control and is calling for calm after reports of up to nine explosions rocked the city centre, killing at least 7 people.
Widodo is reportedly cutting short a visit to West Java and returning to the capital where he has ordered police to hunt down the network behind the attack.
The assault appears to have been centred around the Sarinah mall in the Jakarta’s busy shopping district.
Scene outside Sarinah shopping mall pic.twitter.com/veUGqug1um
— Jewel Topsfield (@JewelTopsfield) January 14, 2016
Jakarta Police say seven people are dead including 5 attackers and 2 civilians, including a Canadian.
The identity and hometown of that person is not yet known.
The media outlet reports witnesses saw three suicide bomb explosions at a Starbucks in the city centre. It reports two other attackers armed with handguns targeted a police guard post.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation quotes Indonesian police as saying four people are dead from the attack, one of them a police officer.
It also says police are linking the attack to ISIS.
Police are saying the Jakarta terror attack is ISIS-related— Adam Harvey (@adharves) January 14, 2016
The ABC’s Samantha Hawley says police beleive many of the explosions may have been caused by grenades, rather than bombs.
United Nations building in Jakarta in lock down. One UN worker feared dead but no confirmation.
— Samantha Hawley (@samanthahawley) January 14, 2016
SEE: Attack on Jakarta. Warning, graphic imagry
The UN Office is directly across from one of the blast sites.
United Nations Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas is in the city and painted a chilling scene on Twitter, reporting six separate blasts.
Apparent #suicidebomber literally 100m from the office and my hotel. Now gunfire— Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016
5th and 6th bombing— Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016
Police now backing-up & security announcement to stay away from windows, & telling folks to retreat from lobby— Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016
Quiet over a hour. Latest from the window is media drifting closer to operations. Told lockdown to last pic.twitter.com/s6FaPpeT5V— Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016
More to come.