6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

A massive explosion rocked downtown Jakarta in front of a popular shopping mall today (Jan 14). At least three people have been reported dead.

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    Police were not immediately available for comment, but according to the an official Jakarta police Twitter account one explosion went off in front of a shopping centre called the Sarinah mall.

    A police post on a main street was damaged after six blasts were heard. Gunshots were also heard in front of the Sarinah shopping mall, in an area that also has many luxury hotels, embassies and offices, reported AP.

    It was not clear who was shooting but there was a massive police presence, which prevented reporters from going near the scene.

    Witnesses said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber, but there was no immediate confirmation of the claim.

    Indonesia has been a victim of several bombing attacks in the past, claimed by Islamic militant groups.

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    live Footage shows the moment of explosion in front of Starbucks, Sarinah mall in Jakarta

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    The country has been on high alert after authorities said they had foiled a plot by Islamic militants to attack government officials, foreigners and others. About 150,000 police officers and soldiers were deployed during New Year's Eve to guard churches, airports and other public places.

    More than 9,000 police were also deployed in Bali, the site of Indonesia's deadliest terror attack, which killed 202 people in 2002.

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    National Police spokesman Major General Anton Charliyan said security is focused on anticipating attacks in vulnerable regions, including Jakarta.

    On Tuesday, the jailed radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir appealed to an Indonesia court to have his conviction for funding a terror training camp overturned, arguing that his support for the camp was an act of worship.

    The 77-year-old leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network filed a judicial review of his 2011 conviction, when he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for setting up the camp in Aceh province. A higher court later cut the sentence to nine years.

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    Jakarta mall under attack with gunmen after 6 bombs targeted western chains like Starbucks and police station

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    6 Explosion In Jakarta, At Least 3 Dead

    Jakarta mall under attack with gunmen after 6 bombs targeted western chains like Starbucks and police station.

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    Bombs Going Off In Central Jakarta

    Bombs going off in central Jakarta - Heavy casualties.

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