A horrific terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier today has left at least seven people dead and many more injured, and dramatic video footage shows the moment that one of the suicide bombers blew himself up.
As reported by the Independent, police say up to 14 militants were involved in the attack when the suspected Islamist terrorists walked into a Starbucks coffee shop and blew themselves up.
As people poured out of the coffee chain, two waiting gunmen opened fire on them.
At the same time, two militants attacked a police traffic post nearby, throwing hand grenade-like bombs.
Saw multiple explosions near Starbucks in central Jakarta. Wtf? pic.twitter.com/CK1IVjBnXe
— Christian Hubel (@chubel) January 14, 2016
Another two militants were spotted carrying handguns into a police station where they opened fire, leaving at least one police officer dead.
According to reports on the Daily Mail, there were a total of six explosions across the city, including near the Sarinah shopping mall, as well as a gunfight in a movie theatre.
The shocking video footage, shared on Twitter and YouTube, shows the moment one of the Jakarta suicide bombers detonated his vest outside the shopping centre, and two people crouched behind a car are engulfed by the flames.
Another, separate video filmed from a high-rise building in the Indonesian capital, shows the sheer scale of the blasts and captures the moment a second bomb is set off moments after that in the previous video.
Jakarta’s police chief told reporters in the wake of the blasts that ISIS is “definitely” behind the attacks, with an Indonesian militant called Bahrun Naim believed to be the man responsible for plotting them.
Others have linked the attackers to a terror cell that was foiled in the Indonesian city of Surakarta last December.
In a statement on Indonesian television, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said:
This act is clearly aimed at disturbing public order and spreading terror among people. Our nation and our people should not be afraid, we will not be defeated by these acts of terror, I hope the public stay calm.