Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marauding Terrorists Launch Gun and Grenade Attacks on Jakarta; Londoner Tweets Eyewitness Account as Seven Die in IS-Linked Militant Raids

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marauding Terrorists Launch Gun and Grenade Attacks on Jakarta; Londoner Tweets Eyewitness Account as Seven Die in IS-Linked Militant Raids

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

Updates: Jeremy Douglas sent tweets from his nearby office as the attacks unfolded Updates: Jeremy Douglas sent tweets from his nearby officTERRORISTS thought to be linked to Islamic State launched a marauding attack on the Indonesian capital Jakarta today, leaving at least seven dead.

Five militants, several believed to be suicide bombers, were reported to have died as they targeted the city centre with at least six bombs before gun battles erupted on the streets.

Two were killed after allegedly driving motorbikes and throwing grenades at a police post in the central shopping and business district close to foreign embassies and United Nations offices.

A policeman and a Canadian man also died but there was confusion over the number of victims. Up to 19 were wounded including a Dutch fatherof-four working for the UN.

Terrified office workers ran to safety and watched from high-rise blocks as other gunmen were hunted during a three-hour security operation.

At least one blast is reported to have hit a Starbucks cafe and police are believed to have engaged in a gun battle with attackers inside a cinema.

There were reports of other blasts in neighbourhoods near the Pakistani and Turkish embassies.

It was not clear if the city was being hit by multiple attacks. But the security forces' fast reaction with armed officers and armoured cars appeared to have limited the number of casualties.

Police put on display an arsenal of bombs, guns, ammunition and knives found in the dead jihadists' rucksacks after a five-hour gun battle.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo condemned the "act of terror".

Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian claimed IS was "definitely" behind the attack. He said Indonesian Bahrun Naim, believed to be fighting with IS in Syria, was "planning this for a while."

Police previously alleged an IS-linked group in Solo, central Java, had been in contact with Bahrun Naim in Syria.

A news agency linked to IS claimed the terror organisation carried out the attack but there was no official claim of responsibility. …

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