Timeline of explosions, gunfight that rocked central Jakarta

Police officers near the site of the blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan 14, 2016.
Police officers near the site of the blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan 14, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

1050hrs (GMT +0700 hours)

First wave of explosions - A group of five militants set upon a Starbucks cafe located at Menara Cakrawala, a commercial building in Central Jakarta, tossing two home-made bombs into the cafe. Gunmen later open fire randomly at the patrons scrambling out of the cafe after the blasts. Two foreigners - a Canadian and an Algerian - were taken hostage but the latter managed to struggle free. The Canadian was later killed as the attack unfolded.

1050 to 1055hrs

Second wave of explosions - Two of the attackers were captured on CCTV hiding next to a car at the parking lot outside the cafe. Minutes later, they blew themselves up. This, as the rest of the militants turned on a police post located at the nearby cross-junction, firing away randomly at passers-by on the street and in vehicles, including a police transport.

1100hrs

Two of the attackers rushed toward the police post and blew themselves up, killing a passer-by and injuring a police officer inside the post. The remaining militant was killed in the ensuing gunfight with police officers responding to the attack.

1120hrs

 

Heavily-armed police officers begin sweeping buildings in the area such as the Menara Cakrawala and Gedung Jaya, located opposite the site of the attack. This after they had initially believed there were more suspects at large. As the operation was underway, rumours of similar attacks in other areas across Jakarta struck panic among the people in the city but the police would later say it was all a hoax.

1300hrs

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo condemns the attacks and offered his condolences to victims. He urged the public not to be afraid of “acts of terror like this”. 

1530hrs

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan announces that “everything is under control now”.