Jakarta : A series of blasts and explosions took place in Jakarta resulting in panic and intense disruption of lives and security of people in the Indonesian city. At least six blasts went off in the city center of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in an apparent terrorist attack involving suicide bombers. People who stood witness to this deadly attack described that the explosion resulted in immediate casualties, and chaotic scenes erupted as people began to run helter-skelter to save their lives from the attack as gun shot were heard in the vicinity since exchanges of gunfire shot off between the militants and police.
At least six people have so far been confirmed killed in the attack. The official Twitter account of the Jakarta police said that the explosions went off in front of a shopping center known as Sarinah mall. Police informed that attackers arrived on motorcycles and threw grenades. the situation is chaotic as series of explosions and a possible scenario of terrorists wandering on the streets with loaded guns is not being ruled out.
Multiple explosions, and gunfire in central Jakarta has rocked Indonesia as explosions went of near café and in the area of UN agency office. There were apparently 10 to 14 attackers involved in the Jakarta blasts, as reported by local media. Eyewitnesses have reported an exchange of gunfire following the explosions, while at least three bodies were seen lying on the ground. A police officer is among the four dead, as revealed by local authorities. It is being interpreted that at least one suicide bomber set off the explosions, but confirmed reports are trickling down constantly with police on a high alert. Police is still chasing down the roaming attackers and citizens are under a terror grip as an active shooter is reported to be on scene on the loose.
Jakarta: India’s external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has utilised the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Strategic Partnership to send out a message to the world that shared will and capacities of the Afro-Asian countries will contribute to peace, stability and sustainable development with the United Nations playing a central role in dealing with global challenges and threats.
Ms. Swaraj was speaking at the 60th Anniversary of Asian-African Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, under the theme of “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity” in Jakarta this Monday.
The Indian external Affairs Minister underscored that the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Partnership is taking place in the year 2015 in which various streams of the global discourse are gathering pace to culminate in four key events – COP21 on Climate Change in Paris, Summit to finalize Post-2015 Development Agenda, 70th Anniversary of the UN and the 10th WTO Ministerial in Kenya – each one of which will have far-reaching political and economic ramifications.
Ms. Swaraj drew attention to “significant transitions and developments” taking place in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with regional and global implications. Every country in this world, she said, had faced the scourge of terrorism.
The year 2015 marks the 70th year of the foundation of the United Nations and 10th anniversary of the World Summit and also comes with an unique opportunity to demonstrate collective will to reform the UN which is the global institution for political governance, Ms. Swaraj emphasised adding: “Our failure to push for any kind of outcomes only adds to the increasing sentiment of frustration amongst the wider membership and dents the credibility of the Security Council’s decisions, if it continues to ignore contemporary realities of the 21st century.”