At least seven people were killed, including five attackers on Thursday, 14 January 2016 in bomb blasts and gun attacks in central Jakarta, Indonesia.

Scores of people were also injured in the security operations in a bustling shopping mall, in what authorities said was similar to last November’s Paris terror attacks that killed more than 120 people.

One of the targets of the attacks was a Starbucks coffee shop and a police station next to the Sarinah Thamrin Plaza – a busy shopping mall.

"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", a photographer said.

According to the police, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was alleged to have claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings and gunfire attacks

The attacks took place two days after one jailed spiritual leader of the Bali bombers, Abu Bakar Bashir, appealed to an Indonesian court to have his conviction overturned.

President Joko Widodo calls for calm

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, called the attacks an "act of terror".

"This act is clearly aimed at disturbing public order and spreading terror among people," President Joko Widodo said in a television statement.

‘‘Our nation and our people should not be afraid,” He added. “We will not be defeated by these acts of terror. I hope the public stays calm.”

Past Attacks

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population – the majority of which practice a modest form of the religion. The country also has citizens who are Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

Though it’s far from the fights of the Middle East, Indonesia saw a spate of terrorist attacks by Islamist militants in the 2000s. These deadly attacks included a nightclub bombing on the resort island of Bali in 2002 that killed more than 200 people most who were tourists.

Police have been putting a lot of effort into destroying militant cells in the country since then and had tightened security over the New Year period after warnings from the Islamic State (IS).

The last major attacks in Jakarta were in 2009, with twin bombings at the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels. #News #Terrorism