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Summary

  1. Several explosions rocked Jakarta, near a popular shopping mall
  2. After the initial blasts gunfire and further explosions were heard
  3. Five attackers are among at least seven people killed. Some 23 people are injured
  4. The so-called Islamic State group has said it carried out the attacks

Live Reporting

By Penny Spiller, Claudia Allen, Alastair Lawson, Tessa Wong, Saira Asher, Heather Chen, Simeon Paterson and Naziru Mikailu

All times stated are UK

  1. Summary of events

    Thank you for following our live coverage of the explosions and gun battle in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

    Islamic State says it was behind a series of blasts and gunfire that rocked a major business and shopping district in the city on Thursday.

    At least two civilians - an Indonesian and a Canadian - and five attackers died in the assaults, and 23 people were injured, some seriously.

    Security forces battled militants for hours after the attacks. The city remains on edge.

    You can continue to follow events via the BBC News website, using the BBC News app on your smartphone or tablet, or on the BBC World News international TV channel.

  2. Another explosion - and everyone ran

    Ali Moore

    BBC News, Jakarta

    It was looking like it was all over. The traffic was flowing, the debris from the morning's bomb attack washed away, the police post boarded up, condolence flowers laid and commuters milling around reflecting on the day's events. 

    But then there was another explosion and everyone ran - including the bomb squad and police. Traffic was stopped and the night went quiet. Within minutes it was confirmed as a burst truck tyre - and people moved back onto the sidewalk to survey the scene. But Jakarta is jittery. 

    There's been increasing concern about what the rise of Islamic State means for homegrown terror groups in this country. Perhaps today Indonesia got the beginnings of an answer.

  3. Truck tyre sparks police alert

    Another loud bang in central Jakarta was reported by local media, although police have now said it came from a blown truck tyre. 

    Jakarta is on edge after Thursday's attacks.   

  4. BreakingIslamic State claim attack

    BBC Monitoring

    The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has released an official statement claiming Thursday's Jakarta attacks, which it said were carried out by "soldiers of the Caliphate".

    It said they planted a number of explosive devices detonated by delay mechanisms, timed to coincide with an assault by four militants armed with light weapons and explosive vests.

    The targets were "citizens of the crusader coalition" against IS, the statement said.

  5. Street swept clean

    Ali Moore

    BBC News, Jakarta

    If you didn’t know and didn’t look too closely, you could be standing near the site of Thursday’s bombings in Jakarta and have no idea this country has just experienced its worst terror attack since 2009. 

    Nine hours after it began, the street has been swept, the blood washed away, the police post covered in bill boards decorated with pictures of flowers and butterflies, and the traffic is flowing. 

    But look more closely and there’s still a hole in the tarmac – caused by a suicide bomb - in what is the bus lane on this busiest of Jakarta thoroughfares.

    The traffic is lighter than usual and the street food hawkers are doing a less than brisk trade, even though dozens of people are milling around, having a look – staring at the condolence flowers laid in the centre of the intersection.

  6. Police give details of the wounded

    Jakarta police have released an update on the list of people injured in Thursday's blasts. They say 23 people were wounded, including five police officers. 

    Among the injured is an Algerian - who was with a Canadian man when he was shot and killed at Starbucks - a German, an Austrian and a Dutch national. The Dutch national, an environmental expert working with the UN, is undergoing surgery, the statement said.

  7. US embassy in Jakarta 'to stay closed' on Friday

    The US embassy in Jakarta says its offices will stay closed on Friday as a precaution following the attacks, Reuters news agency reports.

  8. Jakarta suspect 'praised Paris attacks'

    Bahrun Naim, the man named by Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian as being behind the attacks in Jakarta, is said to have published a blog post last year praising the 13 November attacks in Paris.

    In the post, dated 16 November 2015, Bahrun Naim apparently describes the attacks as "inspirational" and praises the perpetrators for their discipline, meticulous planning and willingness to sacrifice themselves.

    "Why were the attacks inspirational?" the blog post reads. "First, a large number of people fell victim to the attack in Paris. Second, the attack was well planned in terms of target, timing and a courageous end to the attack. Only elite soldiers would use suicide vests rather than be captured or cornered."

  9. Scenes of panic

    This is one of the images from earlier in the day when people - including unarmed police officers - fled from the area after explosions and gunshots were heard in central Jakarta.

    People, including unarmed police officers, flee from the scene after a gun battle broke out following an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia (14 Jan. 2016)
  10. Two Jakarta attackers 'taken alive'

    Two of the militants who carried out the attacks in Jakarta were taken alive, Indonesian police quoted by the Reuters news agency say. 

    Police have blamed the attack on the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

    If it is correct that IS was behind the attack, it would be the first of its kind in Indonesia, BBC World Affairs Correspondent Richard Galpin says.

    About 500 Indonesians are thought to have travelled to Syria to join IS, our correspondent says, and some have returned.

  11. Location of attacks 'symbolically powerful'

    The location of Thursday's attacks in central Jakarta is symbolically powerful, says Tom Pepinsky, Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University in the US.

    "[It is] Indonesia’s first international-style mall, fallen on harder times as of late but still understood among Jakartans as an early and powerful symbol of Indonesian prosperity," Prof Pepinsky writes in a blog.

    The latest attack is also operationally different from other militant attacks in Indonesia, he says, which were big events with large devices. 

    This time more individuals with guns and grenades were involved rather than suicide bombers acting alone. 

    "It suggests they were preparing for a fight," he says.

  12. Police stifle the attack over three hours

    A plainclothes police officer aims his gun at attackers - it took the security forces about three hours to end the attack near a Starbucks cafe and Sarinah's -  Jakarta's oldest department store - after a team of at least seven militants traded gunfire with police and blew themselves up.

    A plainclothes police officer aims his gun at attackers
  13. UK condemns Jakarta attacks

    The UK has condemned the attacks in Jakarta as a "senseless acts of terror", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement

    Mr Hammond also called on all British nationals to remain vigilant. 

    "We advise British nationals in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia to maintain vigilance and monitor travel advice, local media and to follow the advice of local security authorities," the statement said.     

    The UK and Indonesia agreed to step up joint efforts to counter militant Islamists in the region last year.

  14. Jakarta attacks 'part of a pattern'

    Frank Gardner

    BBC Security Correspondent

    Today's attack on the Indonesian capital is sadly part of a pattern that has been repeating itself in several cities around the world in recent months. Istanbul, Paris and now Jakarta have all experienced what counter-terrorism officials classify as a "Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack", or 'MTFA' for short. 

    In other words, police forces have had to react quickly to the sudden appearance of an unknown number of gunmen rampaging through the heart of an urban area, intent on killing as many people as possible and securing themselves maximum publicity. 

  15. Police comb bombed Jakarta Starbucks

    Police comb bombed Jakarta Starbucks
    Image caption: Police carry out a search of the bombed Jakarta Starbucks. Attackers set off explosions at the cafe in a bustling shopping area of the Indonesian capital.
    AP
    Image caption: The coffee shop's windows were blown out by the blasts