Blasts, gunfight in Indonesian capital

10.30pm: A fresh round of explosions were heard in central Jakarta on Thursday, Kompas TV reported on its Twitter account, near the area where a deadly gun and bomb assault by militants took place just hours earlier.

8.00pm: The seven killed include a Canadian, an Indonesian civilian and five assailants.

7.40pm: Islamist militant group Islamic State is "definitely" behind the attack on Indonesia's capital, the Jakarta police chief said on Thursday.

"ISIS is behind this attack definitely," Tito Karnavian told reporters.

Karnavian said Indonesian Islamic State fighter Bahrun Naim, who is believed to be in Syria, was "planning this for awhile. He is behind this attack."

6.00pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore will give its full support to the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

5.45pm: Islamic State-linked group suspected of carrying out Jakarta attacks, according to Indonesian police in an AFP report. 

5.00pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore condemns these attacks. "We will give our full support to the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice," he wrote on Facebook.

4.45pm: Jakarta police say the terror attack is over and that no more assailants are at large.

4.20pm: President Joko Widodo has called for an unscheduled cabinet meeting to discuss the situation.

"Everything is under control now. We hope the public will remain calm and be vigilant for possible threats. Similar events have happened in Paris, Mumbai, New York, they can happen here too," chief security minister Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters.

"We don't know so far if there is any ISIS involvement. It is too early to say that. Five terrorists are dead and we don't know if there are any more. We are investigating,' he said.

4.15pm: All Starbucks outlets in Jakarta are temporarily closed, until further notice. 

Situation now under control: Local police

The 7 dead include two civilians - one of them was Indonesian and the other a foreigner, reported a Dutch citizen. 

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Muhammad Iqbal said the situation was now under control as hundreds of police officers had secured the perimeter. 


5 suspected militants shot dead - updated

Five militants, including one foreigner, were killed in the gun and bomb assault in central Jakarta, Indonesia's chief security minister said on Thursday. 

Indonesian police shot dead four suspected militants who were part of a bomb and gun attack in the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday and the area is being secured, a police spokesman said.

"We are sterilising the building from basement to top," Iqbal Kabid told reporters, explaining that a gunbattle between the attackers and police took place in a cinema that is in the same building as a Starbucks cafe that was attacked.

"We will declare the situation secure soon," he said.


MFA monitoring situation in Jakarta

At least four people, one police and three civilians, have died in the Jakarta blasts. According to AFP, the gunfire has stopped for now.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told AsiaOne that they are monitoring the situation. Those who require more information on family members or friends can contact the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta. The numbers are as follows: Tel: +62-21 29950400 (main line) and +62-811 863 348 (Duty Officer)


JAKARTA - Several explosions went off and gunfire broke out in the centre of the Indonesian capital on Thursday and police said they suspected a suicide bomber was responsible for at least one the blasts.

Media said six bombs went of and a Reuters witness saw three dead people and a gunfight going on. One blast went off 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," said a Reuters photographer.

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.

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