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The Latest: Jakarta police say 7 dead, including 4 attackers

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Indonesian police take position and aim their weapons as they pursue suspects outside a cafe after a series of blasts hit the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday. (Bay Ismoyo / AFP - Getty Images) Indonesian police take position and aim their weapons as they pursue suspects outside a cafe after a series of blasts hit the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday. (Bay Ismoyo / AFP - Getty Images)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -

    
The latest on explosions in downtown Jakarta (all times local):
    
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1:30 p.m.
    
Jakarta police spokesman Col. Muhammad Iqbal says seven people including four attackers have been killed in the brazen attacks in the downtown capital.
    
He says police have recovered the bodies of the attackers, but it is not clear if more remain at large.
    
At least three explosions rocked downtown Jakarta Thursday mid-morning followed by more than two hours of gun battles.
    
A witness told The Associated Press that the explosions occurred inside a Starbucks cafe.
    
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1:05 p.m.
    
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says in a statement on national TV the situation is under control and is calling on people to remain calm.
    
Jokowi says: "The state, nation and people should not be afraid of, and lose to, such terror acts."
    
He spoke after suspected Islamic militants detonated bombs and opened fire at police in downtown Jakarta, killing at least one policeman. An Associated Press photographer saw three more bodies lying in a sidewalk.
    
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12:55 p.m.
    
An Associated Press reporter has heard an explosion from a cafe near the Starbucks that was attacked earlier. The explosion occurred after about 25 anti-terror squad police stormed the cafe.
    
There is no word on what happened to them, but after the explosion several other police and medical personnel in white overalls were seen running to the cafe.
    
Two ambulances also drove to the area, and were standing by.
    
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12:50 p.m.
    
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who is on a working visit in the West Java town of Cirebon, has ordered security forces to hunt down the perpetrators and their network behind the attacks in Jakarta.
    
Jokowi says: "I have received reports some time ago about the explosion in Thamrin street, Jakarta. We express condolences for those who became victims, but we all also condemn the attack that caused restlessness among the community."
    
He says he has ordered the national police chief and the minister for political and security affairs to hunt down and capture the perpetrators and those in their networks.
    
Jokowi says he was cutting short his visit and returning to the capital.

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11:45 a.m.
    
Witnesses are reporting three suicide bomb explosions took place at a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta.
    
A bank security guard says he saw at least five attackers, including three suicide bombers who exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta.
    
Tri Seranto tells The Associated Press he was out on the street when he saw the three men entering Starbucks and saw them blowing themselves up one by one. He says the other two attackers, carrying handguns, entered a police post from where he heard gunfire. He said he later saw one policeman dead and three seriously injured.
    
He says he was not injured in the explosions as he was a little distance away, but close enough to witness the attack at 10.30 a.m. (0230 GMT).
    
He says the two gunmen ran away with police chasing them.
    
 

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