Earlier in the day, at least six people were killed in a series of explosions in the Indonesian capital after around 10-15 gunmen entered the downtown area on motorcycles, carrying rifles and explosives.
Police with sniffer dogs enter the incident area towards Jakarta Theatre pic.twitter.com/nDr9FG4zcs— Saifulbahri Ismail (@saifulcna) January 14, 2016
"It is believed that several gunmen are currently hiding in the Jakarta Theatre, a cinema near the affected area. A lot people are believed to be still inside. Police has the building surrounded," Al Jazeera’s reporter Step Vaessen said.
The Jakarta Theatre is a popular place for movie goers pic.twitter.com/Qye6RpHMp1— Saifulbahri Ismail (@saifulcna) January 14, 2016
According to the journalist, there were at least six explosions which were likely to have been targeting the police.
A number of police helicopters circling the Thamrin area. pic.twitter.com/BIlxH7ieSm— Saifulbahri Ismail (@saifulcna) January 14, 2016
UPDATE: Police operation still on going inside Jakarta Theater building. One or more enemy assaulters still active. #JakartaAttack— Ruli Harahap (@ruliharahap) January 14, 2016
Three policemen and three civilians were among those killed. Several gunmen were captured by the police, the media outlet reported.
One of the attacks is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber targeting a police post.
One foreigner among those dead in #JakartaAttack, according to social media traffic.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 14, 2016