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Indonesian police received threats from Islamic State before blasts in Jakarta

January 14, 2016, 9:11 UTC+3 BANGKOK

According to latest reports, at least six people were killed in the blasts, including three policemen

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BANGKOK, January 14. /TASS/. Jakarta’s police received threats from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization before a series of explosions that rocked the Indonesian capital on Thursday, Al Jazeera TV channel reported citing a spokesman for law enforcement agencies.

According to latest reports, at least six people were killed in the blasts, including three policemen.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said that the series of explosions that hit Jakarta on Thursday were an "act of terror."

"Our nation and our people should not be afraid, we will not be defeated by these acts of terror," Agence France-Presse quoted Widodo as saying.

It was earlier reported that the Indonesian capital of Jakarta was hit by six explosions on Thursday followed by a shoot-out between the police and suspected attackers. The part of the city were the attacks took place was cordoned off by the police.

Explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta were due to grenades, not bombs, police spokesman Anton Charliyan told reporters.

Charliyan said that the attackers used grenades, and then a shoot-out ensued. He noted that police are following the suspected attackers as they have hid on the roof of the Sarinah shopping center.

Local television also reported of several explosions in Jakarta near the embassies of Turkey and Pakistan.

No information is yet available on whether anyone was injured in the blasts.

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