A group of armed terrorists bombed and opened fire in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Jan. 14, leaving at least seven dead and 23 more injured. Police believe the awful Jakarta attacks are linked to ISIS. One scary explosion was caught on video.
Terrorists have struck the heart of Indonesia. A popular Jakarta shopping district was bombed and armed militants starting shooting at innocent people on Jan. 14. Seven people are dead and at least 23 are wounded after the vicious attacks, NBC News reports. Five of the attackers, whom police believe have ties to ISIS, were killed by police.
The attacks began when an attacker blew himself up inside a Starbucks at the popular shopping district on Thamrin Street, police spokesman Anton Charliyan told CNN. During this bombing, two gunmen started shooting outside the coffee, aiming at people on the street. Five explosions occurred during the attacks.
Police responded immediately and opened fired on the attackers. The terrorists shot back and threw grenades. It took three hours for the siege to end, and five of the attackers were killed. Five unexploded bombs and two pistols were found once the attacks were over. Police have issued a manhunt to find more suspects.
Police have not officially announced which group initiated the attack, but they believe the attackers were tied to ISIS. One Canadian national was killed in the attacks, the New York Times reports. A Dutch national has also been severely injured.
“You couldn’t get much more central in Jakarta if you tried. It’s basically right smack dab in the central business area,” Jeremy Douglas, who works in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Jakarta, told CNN. “If you wanted to make an impact, and get visibility for what you’re trying to do, this is the place to do it.”
— Robert Harianto (@robetbet) January 14, 2016
Our thoughts are with the people of Jakarta during this terrible time.