Canadian among dead in Jakarta: Indonesian authorities

Authorities in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta are reporting that a Canadian is among those killed in a brazen terror attack in the city’s downtown Thursday.

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Explosions were set off at a Starbucks cafe in a busy shopping area, leading to a prolonged gun battle between gunmen and police Thursday that lasted for hours and left bodies in the streets.

Police say five attackers and two civilians were killed. At least 10 others were injured. It was unclear if any perpetrators remained at large.

Indonesian cabinet secretary Pramono Anung says among the seven dead was a Canadian civilian. Jakarta’s police chief also says a Canadian was one of those killed.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion has not confirmed the reports.

Indonesia has been on edge for weeks following warnings that Islamic militants were planning something big. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eliza Harvey, a reporter with Australia’s ABC News says Jakarta’s police chief says it is believed the South-East Asia arm of ISIS network is responsible for attacks.

More to come…

Indonesian police spokesman: two foreigners died in today's #JakartaBlasts. One Dutch person, one Candian.

— Eliza Harvey (@harvey_eliza) January 14, 2016


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