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Six killed in Jakarta bomb and gun attacks

By Shawn Price   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 4:57 AM

JAKARTA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- At least six people were killed and 10 injured in a series of coordinated bomb and gun terror attacks on the Indonesian capital of Jakarta Thursday morning, officials said.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, a security analyst said the attack is quite similar to how the Paris attacks by the Islamic State were carried out in November, striking multiple locations at once.

The bombings took place at a shopping center on Thamrin Street, just a few blocks from the nation's presidential palace and near embassies and a U.N. office. One of the attacks targeted a Starbucks in the area, where multiple attackers entered the coffee shop and set off explosives.

It is still unknown how many attackers were involved and how many sites were hit.

Among the dead were a police officer and foreign national. Five of the attackers have been killed, police said.

"We all are grieving for the fallen victims of this incident," President Joko Widodo said. "But we also condemn the act that has disturbed the security and peace and spread terror among our people."

Though Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, it has a secular government, making it a prime target for terrorist groups like the Islamic State.

In 2009, simultaneous attacks on the Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels killed seven people.

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