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Summary

  1. Several explosions rocked Jakarta, near a popular shopping mall
  2. After the initial blasts gunfire and further explosions were heard
  3. Five attackers are among at least seven people killed. Some 23 people are injured
  4. The so-called Islamic State group has said it carried out the attacks

Live reporting

By Penny Spiller, Claudia Allen, Alastair Lawson, Tessa Wong, Saira Asher, Heather Chen, Simeon Paterson and Naziru Mikailu

All times stated are UK

Summary of events

Thank you for following our live coverage of the explosions and gun battle in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Islamic State says it was behind a series of blasts and gunfire that rocked a major business and shopping district in the city on Thursday.

At least two civilians - an Indonesian and a Canadian - and five attackers died in the assaults, and 23 people were injured, some seriously.

Security forces battled militants for hours after the attacks. The city remains on edge.

You can continue to follow events via the BBC News website, using the BBC News app on your smartphone or tablet, or on the BBC World News international TV channel.

Another explosion - and everyone ran

Ali Moore

BBC News, Jakarta

It was looking like it was all over. The traffic was flowing, the debris from the morning's bomb attack washed away, the police post boarded up, condolence flowers laid and commuters milling around reflecting on the day's events. 

But then there was another explosion and everyone ran - including the bomb squad and police. Traffic was stopped and the night went quiet. Within minutes it was confirmed as a burst truck tyre - and people moved back onto the sidewalk to survey the scene. But Jakarta is jittery. 

There's been increasing concern about what the rise of Islamic State means for homegrown terror groups in this country. Perhaps today Indonesia got the beginnings of an answer.

Truck tyre sparks police alert

Another loud bang in central Jakarta was reported by local media, although police have now said it came from a blown truck tyre. 

Jakarta is on edge after Thursday's attacks.   

BreakingIslamic State claim attack

BBC Monitoring

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has released an official statement claiming Thursday's Jakarta attacks, which it said were carried out by "soldiers of the Caliphate".

It said they planted a number of explosive devices detonated by delay mechanisms, timed to coincide with an assault by four militants armed with light weapons and explosive vests.

The targets were "citizens of the crusader coalition" against IS, the statement said.

Street swept clean

Ali Moore

BBC News, Jakarta

If you didn’t know and didn’t look too closely, you could be standing near the site of Thursday’s bombings in Jakarta and have no idea this country has just experienced its worst terror attack since 2009. 

Nine hours after it began, the street has been swept, the blood washed away, the police post covered in bill boards decorated with pictures of flowers and butterflies, and the traffic is flowing. 

But look more closely and there’s still a hole in the tarmac – caused by a suicide bomb - in what is the bus lane on this busiest of Jakarta thoroughfares.

The traffic is lighter than usual and the street food hawkers are doing a less than brisk trade, even though dozens of people are milling around, having a look – staring at the condolence flowers laid in the centre of the intersection.

Police give details of the wounded

Jakarta police have released an update on the list of people injured in Thursday's blasts. They say 23 people were wounded, including five police officers. 

Among the injured is an Algerian - who was with a Canadian man when he was shot and killed at Starbucks - a German, an Austrian and a Dutch national. The Dutch national, an environmental expert working with the UN, is undergoing surgery, the statement said.

US embassy in Jakarta 'to stay closed' on Friday

The US embassy in Jakarta says its offices will stay closed on Friday as a precaution following the attacks, Reuters news agency reports.

Jakarta suspect 'praised Paris attacks'

Bahrun Naim, the man named by Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian as being behind the attacks in Jakarta, is said to have published a blog post last year praising the 13 November attacks in Paris.

In the post, dated 16 November 2015, Bahrun Naim apparently describes the attacks as "inspirational" and praises the perpetrators for their discipline, meticulous planning and willingness to sacrifice themselves.

"Why were the attacks inspirational?" the blog post reads. "First, a large number of people fell victim to the attack in Paris. Second, the attack was well planned in terms of target, timing and a courageous end to the attack. Only elite soldiers would use suicide vests rather than be captured or cornered."

Scenes of panic

This is one of the images from earlier in the day when people - including unarmed police officers - fled from the area after explosions and gunshots were heard in central Jakarta.

People, including unarmed police officers, flee from the scene after a gun battle broke out following an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia (14 Jan. 2016)
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Two Jakarta attackers 'taken alive'

Two of the militants who carried out the attacks in Jakarta were taken alive, Indonesian police quoted by the Reuters news agency say. 

Police have blamed the attack on the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

If it is correct that IS was behind the attack, it would be the first of its kind in Indonesia, BBC World Affairs Correspondent Richard Galpin says.

About 500 Indonesians are thought to have travelled to Syria to join IS, our correspondent says, and some have returned.

Location of attacks 'symbolically powerful'

The location of Thursday's attacks in central Jakarta is symbolically powerful, says Tom Pepinsky, Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University in the US.

"[It is] Indonesia’s first international-style mall, fallen on harder times as of late but still understood among Jakartans as an early and powerful symbol of Indonesian prosperity," Prof Pepinsky writes in a blog.

The latest attack is also operationally different from other militant attacks in Indonesia, he says, which were big events with large devices. 

This time more individuals with guns and grenades were involved rather than suicide bombers acting alone. 

"It suggests they were preparing for a fight," he says.

Police stifle the attack over three hours

A plainclothes police officer aims his gun at attackers - it took the security forces about three hours to end the attack near a Starbucks cafe and Sarinah's -  Jakarta's oldest department store - after a team of at least seven militants traded gunfire with police and blew themselves up.

A plainclothes police officer aims his gun at attackers
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UK condemns Jakarta attacks

The UK has condemned the attacks in Jakarta as a "senseless acts of terror", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement

Mr Hammond also called on all British nationals to remain vigilant. 

"We advise British nationals in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia to maintain vigilance and monitor travel advice, local media and to follow the advice of local security authorities," the statement said.     

The UK and Indonesia agreed to step up joint efforts to counter militant Islamists in the region last year.

Jakarta attacks 'part of a pattern'

Frank Gardner

BBC Security Correspondent

Today's attack on the Indonesian capital is sadly part of a pattern that has been repeating itself in several cities around the world in recent months. Istanbul, Paris and now Jakarta have all experienced what counter-terrorism officials classify as a "Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack", or 'MTFA' for short. 

In other words, police forces have had to react quickly to the sudden appearance of an unknown number of gunmen rampaging through the heart of an urban area, intent on killing as many people as possible and securing themselves maximum publicity. 

Police comb bombed Jakarta Starbucks

Police comb bombed Jakarta Starbucks
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Police carry out a search of the bombed Jakarta Starbucks. Attackers set off explosions at the cafe in a bustling shopping area of the Indonesian capital.
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Damaged exterior of bombed Jakarta Starbucks
The coffee shop's windows were blown out by the blasts

'We thought blast was thunder'

Jakarta eyewitness: 'We thought blast was thunder'

UN worker seriously hurt in blast

The UN's Environment Programme (UNEP) has confirmed that one of its employees was seriously injured in the attacks. 

The Dutch national, married with four children, is a renowned expert in forestry and ecosystems and was providing support to the Indonesian government in combating peat-land fires, the organisation said in a statement. 

Programme Director Achim Steiner said his colleague was "currently fighting for his life" and condemned "these senseless acts of terror".

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits scene of attack

Indonesian president Joko Widodo (centre, white shirt) visits the site of a bomb blast
Reuters
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre, wearing a white shirt) visited the site of a bomb blast on Thursday. Earlier on national TV, he vowed to catch those involved and urged Indonesians to stay calm and "not be frightened by what has happened".

Police chief: IS definitely behind attack

Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian also said the so-called Islamic State group was "definitely" behind the attack.

He claimed Indonesian Bahrun Naim, who is believed to be fighting with IS in Syria, was "planning this for a while". 

"He is behind the attack."

The National Police's deputy chief, Com Gen Budi Ganawan, previously admitted there is an IS support group in Solo, central Java, that had been in contact with Bahrun Naim in Syria. 

He said the police had received a threat from the group in December, promising to launch a "huge bomb concert" on New Year's Eve, but was unable to do so because of the huge security presence.

Latest on the dead and wounded toll

Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian has given an update on the attacks. 

He said: 

  • Five attackers were killed, three of them in a shoot-out in front of the Jakarta Theatre, two others in a suicide bomb at a police post near Starbucks  
  • Two other civilians were also killed, one of them Canadian 
  • Twenty people - including an Algerian - were wounded, including five police officers 

Indonesia's major terror attacks

Indonesia has been hit by a number of large-scale terror attacks in recent years. Here's a list of them:

  • Oct 12, 2002: Bali bomb attacks kill 202 people including 88 Australians and 28 Britons. Authorities blame Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)
  • Aug 5, 2003: Car bomb at JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta kills 12 people and wounds 150. 15 alleged members of JI convicted 
  • Oct 1, 2005: Suicide bombers kill 23 at seafood cafes in Bali 
  • July 7, 2009: Suicide bombers kill seven, wound 50 plus at Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta 
  • Jan 14, 2016: Attackers set off bombs at a Starbucks cafe in Jakarta and shoot at police. Police say five attackers and two civilians killed.

Attackers 'dressed in black and looked professional'

An express deliveryman who witnessed the bomb attacks has told Reuters that the attackers were dressed in black and looked professional. 

"I saw the motorcycles rider take out a long gun and shoot at everybody at the site. They looked really professional judging by the way they fired," the witness called Reza said.

BreakingIslamic State 'was behind attacks'

The Islamic State-linked media group Aamaaq has reported that IS fighters were behind the armed attacks in the Indonesian capital. 

It quoted an unspecified "source" as saying that the attacks targeted foreign nationals and the security forces charged with protecting them. 

However, there has so far been no official IS statement.

What we know so far

There is still a great deal of confusion over the attacks that unfolded in Jakarta on Thursday morning. Here's a quick run-down of what we know so far:

The attacks began at around 10.30am local time with a blast outside the Starbucks coffee shop near the Sarinah shopping mall and a UN building. A nearby police post was also damaged. 

More gunfire and explosions were heard elsewhere in Jakarta, but it is not clear where those took place. 

At least seven people were killed, including five attackers.

The Indonesian authorities had been on high alert over the New Year amid warnings of a possible large-scale attack by the so-called Islamic State group.

Islamist radicals 'not contained'

 Indonesian political analyst Yohanes Sulaiman tells the New York Times that  the government had not done enough to contain Islamist radicals in recent years. 

He is quoted as saying the police had “done a good job in preventing such attacks, considering that Indonesia is kind of a messy place". 

"[But] what the government hasn’t been doing is to stop the radicalism."

Government still cautious

Government minister Luhut Panjaitan has told reporters that it is still not clear whether the attack was carried out by militants of the  so-called Islamic State group.

"We don't know yet whether this is IS (Islamic State) linked or not," he said.

Mr Panjaitan said that although several of the attackers had been killed, the police and the military were still cautious.

"We are not sure whether there are more people [gunmen] out there, our investigation is ongoing," he said. 

Troops more relaxed

Soldiers stand easy after Jakarta attacks

Troops in Jakarta
Reuters
Soldiers stand easy after Jakarta attacks

Number of injured rises to 19

Indonesian police have said that 19 people were injured in the attacks. Seven people were killed, including five attackers.

Australia attorney-general offers help

Australia's attorney-general George Brandis says that the government has offered law enforcement and intelligence assistance to Indonesia. Canberra and Jakarta have worked closely on counter-terrorism initiatives since the 2002 Bali bombings.

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'We were searched and searched'

Another eyewitness, Australian Barry Kissan, was in same building as the Starbucks café, a few floors above, when he heard the blast. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today what happened:

We looked out the windows and saw that the police posts just near this building had been blown up and there were two bodies on the roadway. Shortly afterward there was a series of explosions which I think might have been grenade blasts but I don't know.

I'm certainly no expert but there were explosions actually in this building and the building shook a little bit. We made our way eventually downstairs to an emergency exit and on the way at various points we could hear what sounded like gunfire or small explosions of some kind. It wasn't clear if anybody knew where we should go.

We eventually went down to the car park… We were searched and searched. They were clearly looking for missing people who weren’t among us.

'We thought it was thunder'

Rob Phillips is an English teacher who says he lives 400m from where the attacks took place.

There was lot of commotion, a lot of craziness. We heard a large bang. We thought it was thunder because the storms here are pretty big. Then, when we heard a second one, we actually went out onto the street to see what was going on and we saw white smoke rising against the air. And then we knew that something was going on.