Terrorism

Fijians confirmed safe amid Jakarta attacks

All Fijian embassy staff in Jakarta, Indonesia are safe as authorities continue a lock-down following bomb blasts and shootings on Thursday. A government statement said there are ten members of the Fijian mission, including their families. Four students, including one senior police officer, have all been accounted for and are safe at embassy staff homes, […]

Calvin Prasad

January 16, 2016 9:26 am

All Fijian embassy staff in Jakarta, Indonesia are safe as authorities continue a lock-down following bomb blasts and shootings on Thursday.

A government statement said there are ten members of the Fijian mission, including their families.

Four students, including one senior police officer, have all been accounted for and are safe at embassy staff homes, according to the Fijian embassy.  Another four Fijians working in and around Jakarta have also been reported safe.

Authorities have warned members of the public to stay away from the road links and stay indoors.

A series of explosions and gun attacks rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, leaving at least seven people dead. Photo: BBC
A series of explosions and gun attacks rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, leaving at least seven people dead. Photo: BBC

On Thursday, a series of explosions and gun attacks rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, leaving at least seven people dead.

Reports say that there were at least six explosions in fairly quick succession.  The first blast took place outside the Starbucks cafe, which had its windows blown out.

As people inside ran out, two gunmen waiting outside opened fire.  At least two militants also attacked the police box in the centre of the intersection in a suicide bomb attack.

Armed police quickly sealed off the area and moved in on the attackers, initially using cars and later armoured vehicles as cover.

Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks in an online statement.

Indonesian police said they believed Bahru Naim, an Indonesian currently thought to be in Syria had masterminded the attack and been “planning this for a while”.

Police told local media Bahrun Naim wanted to be IS’s leader in the region.

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