Three suicide bombers exploded themselves in different places in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta on Thursday in which three people were killed and several injured with gunfire breaking out afterwards.
Six bombs exploded near the presidential palace, UN offices and a mall. Armed police approached soon after and are engaged in a gunbattle.
Three suicide bombers exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta on Thursday while two gunmen attacked a police post nearby.
The blasts took place in front of a shopping center called the Sarinah mall, near the presidential palace and UN offices.
Exchange of firing is taking place between the terrorists and the security personnelsin front of the Sarinah shopping mall and a police station. The area also has many luxury hotels, and offices and embassies, including the French. The other set of explosions were in neighborhoods where the embassies of Turkey and Pakistan are located.
No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the attack. There is no indication yet of who might be behind the assault.
Indonesia has been attacked by Islamist militant groups in the past and has been on high alert.
The area around the blast site has been cordoned off.UN official Jeremy Douglas tweeted that a suicide bomber was “literally 100m from the office and my hotel.” He also tweeted that a “serious exchange of fire” was on in downtown Jakarta.
Apparent #suicidebomber literally 100m from the office and my hotel. Now gunfire
— Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016