Militants Invade Jakarta, 7 reported dead

At least seven people have been killed  including four militants  after a series of explosions and gunfire in Jakarta.

A suicide bomber is thought to have been behind at least one of the six blasts in the Indonesian capital, police said.

One explosion was 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," a Reuters photographer said.

Indonesia has been on edge in recent weeks over the threat posed by Islamist militants and counter-terrorism police have launched a crackdown on people with suspected links to Islamic State.

According to the official Jakarta police Twitter account one explosion went off in front of a shopping centre called the Sarinah mall, on a main city avenue.


Media said a police post outside the mall was blown up.

"I saw a police officer shot right in front of me," one witness told TV One.

Police snipers were deployed, according to media.

A UN building near the scene was in lock-down with no one allowed in or out, a witness said. Some other buildings in the area were evacuated.


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