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Jakarta Attack: Canadian Killed In Deadly Assault

01/14/2016 07:21 EST

A Canadian man was killed in Indonesia's capital Thursday when gunmen launched a series of co-ordinated attacks which police said were linked to the Islamic State group.

Jakarta police chief Maj.-Gen. Tito Karnavian told a news conference that the first attack — a suicide bombing — happened at a Starbucks, causing customers to run outside, where two gunmen opened fire, killing the Canadian and wounding an Indonesian bystander.

At about the same time two other suicide bombers attacked a nearby traffic police booth, killing themselves and an Indonesian man.

"It was a big sizable explosion, definitely could hear it, you could feel it."

Moments later, Karnavian said, a group of policemen was attacked by two remaining gunmen, using homemade bombs. This led to a 15-minute gunfight, he said.

All five gunmen were killed and twenty people were wounded in the attacks, police said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa was working with Indonesian authorities to confirm the reports of a Canadian killed in the attacks.

"The hearts of Canada and Canadians go out to the people of Indonesia and all the families and victims of these terrible attacks," Trudeau said at an appearance in Kitchener, Ont.

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Police take the bodies of civilian victims of terrorist bomb explosion at the traffic police station to a hospital in Sarina, Jakarta on Jan. 14, 2016. (Photo: Dasril Roszandi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

"We're of course going to be supporting the government in anything it needs from Canada through this difficult time."

The federal government updated its travel advisory for Jakarta in the aftermath of the attacks, advising Canadians to remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and avoid the city's downtown area.

Islamic State group backers have circulated a claim of responsibility on Twitter for attack and Indonesian police said the attackers were affiliated with the Islamic State group.

A Canadian man working with the United Nations was in Jakarta for a meeting on Thursday and witnessed the panic triggered by the late-morning explosions.

Jeremy Douglas, of Port Perry, Ont., was in a car when he first got a call from a UN security officer advising him there had been a blast very close to the office he was heading to.

"The state, nation and people should not be afraid of, and lose to, such terror acts."

In minutes, he had arrived at the building and was getting out of his vehicle when a second explosion occurred.

"I hadn't even closed the car door and you heard the explosion. It was right across the street, kitty-corner to the office, about 100 metres," the 44-year-old told The Canadian Press. "It was a big sizable explosion, definitely could hear it, you could feel it."

At first, it was unclear what had occurred and confusion abounded, Douglas said, but subsequent small blasts sent people scurrying for cover.

Douglas and his colleagues rushed into the UN office building to a secure floor where they could see police and other security forces responding to the attack.

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Armed Indonesian police commandos arrive at the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on Jan. 14, 2016. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

While inside, he said he heard the sound of gunfire as assailants and police faced off.

"They started a shootout in the street," he said. "We were witnessing the tactical team sweeping ... some armoured personnel carrier moved up the street. It was pretty crazy."

The entire episode lasted about half an hour, Douglas said, and took place in a busy part of Jakarta's downtown that is populated with many offices, hotels and embassies.

"There were a lot of people in the Starbucks," he said, noting that UN staff had been injured at the cafe. "This is right in the centre of it, it's pretty amazing that it was so few killed"

The attack came after several warnings in recent weeks from police that Islamic militants were planning something big.

Authorities also said they found a large, undetonated bomb and five smaller devices in a building near the Starbucks cafe after the attack.

"So we think ... their plan was to attack people and follow it up with a larger explosion when more people gathered," said Maj. Gen. Anton Charliyan, the spokesman of Indonesia's national police. "But thank God it didn't happen."

Five hours after the attack, police declared the area secure.

President urges calm

"We believe there are no more attackers around Sarinah. We have taken control," Jakarta police spokesman Col. Muhammad Iqbal said.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in a statement on national TV that the situation was under control and called on people to remain calm.

"The state, nation and people should not be afraid of, and lose to, such terror acts," he said.

Thursday's attacks prompted a security lockdown in central Jakarta and enhanced checks all over the crowded city of 10 million.

It was the first major attack in Indonesia's capital since the 2009 bombings of two hotels that killed seven people and injured more than 50.

Before that, bombings at nightclubs on the resort island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

With files from The Associated Press

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    Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
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    An Indonesian policeman wearing a protective bomb suit approaches bomb damaged traffic police outposts after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Armed Indonesian police commandos take cover behind an armored vehicle outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian armed military patrol the area near cafe after a series of blasts hit Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An attack on Jakarta is over and no more perpertators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left seven dead in the Indonesian capital
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    Armed Indonesian police commandos arrive in the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    An Indonesian policeman stands guard as police exchange shots with armed men in Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An attack on Jakarta is over and no more perpertators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left seven dead in the Indonesian capital
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    Indonesian policemen arrive to enter a building as armed men exchange shots with police in Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An attack on Jakarta is over and no more perpertators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left seven dead in the Indonesian capital
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    Armed Indonesian police commandos arrive at the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    K-9 policemen arrive with a sniffer dog after police exchanged shots with armed men in Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian police commandos arrive near a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An assault on Jakarta is over and no more perpetrators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left five attackers and two civilians dead in the Indonesian capital
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    Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices.
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    Indonesian police commandos secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least six people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed 'acts of terror', with fears that militants were still on the run. Starbucks announced in a statement that the company was closing all of its Jakarta branches 'until further notice' after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks
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    Indonesian police commandos secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least six people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed 'acts of terror', with fears that militants were still on the run. Starbucks announced in a statement that the company was closing all of its Jakarta branches 'until further notice' after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks
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    An Indonesian policeman gestures as police exchange shots with armed men in Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian armed police clear the area near a Starbucks after a series of blasts hit Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An attack on Jakarta is over and no more perpertators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left seven dead in the Indonesian capital
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    Indonesian policemen guard the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
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    Indonesian policemen stand guard at the entrance of a Jakarta theater, next to a Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. An assault on Jakarta is over and no more perpetrators are at large, police said on January 14, after gunfire and explosions left five attackers and two civilians dead in the Indonesian capital. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY / AFP / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    A view of the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    Indonesian policemen investigate the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
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    Armed Indonesian soldiers secure the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang outside Jakarta on January 14, 2016, following bomb attacks by militants in central Jakarta. An Indonesian organisation with links to the Islamic State group is suspected of carrying out deadly shootings and suicide bombings in Jakarta on January 14, and was thought to be copying November attacks in Paris, police said
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    Two armed Indonesian soldiers secure the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang outside Jakarta on January 14, 2016, following bomb attacks by militants in central Jakarta. An Indonesian organisation with links to the Islamic State group is suspected of carrying out deadly shootings and suicide bombings in Jakarta on January 14, and was thought to be copying November attacks in Paris, police said
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    Police cover the bodies of civilian victims of terrorist bomb explosion at the traffic police station in Sarina, Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Police take the bodies of civilian victims of terrorist bomb explosion at the traffic police station to a hospital in Sarina, Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    An Indonesian policeman stands guard in front of a blast site at the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
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    Indonesian police take position behind a vehicle as they pursue suspects after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
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    Police (L) hide behind vehicles during an exchange of gunfire with suspects hiding near a Starbucks cafe when another blast happens in Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
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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 Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    Indonesian policemen stand guard in front of Sarinah shopping mall after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
  • ROMEO GACAD via Getty Images
    Indonesian police secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least four people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed 'acts of terror', with fears that militants were still on the run. Starbucks announced in a statement that the company was closing all of its Jakarta branches 'until further notice' after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks
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    Indonesian police officers take security measures near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
  • ROMEO GACAD via Getty Images
    Indonesian police commandos backed by an armored vehicle secure the area outside a damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least six people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed 'acts of terror', with fears that militants were still on the run. Starbucks announced in a statement that the company was closing all of its Jakarta branches 'until further notice' after one of its stores in the Indonesian capital was hit by apparent suicide attacks
  • BAY ISMOYO via Getty Images
    An Indonesian policeman fires his handgun towards suspects outside a cafe after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
  • BAY ISMOYO via Getty Images
    Bodies lie on the street near a damaged police post after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
  • BAY ISMOYO via Getty Images
    Police chase suspects thought to be hiding at a cafe after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
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    Plainclothes police aim their handguns towards suspects outside a cafe after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016. A series of bombs killed at least three people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 14, with shots fired outside a cafe as police moved in, an AFP journalist at the scene said
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    Indonesian police search for suspects after a series blasts hit the Indonesian capital on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
  • ROMEO GACAD via Getty Images
    Indonesian police secure the scene next to victims (C-in orange body bags) outside a traffic police outpost after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on January 14, 2016. Gunfire and explosions in the Indonesian capital Jakarta killed at least four people on January 14 in what the country's president dubbed 'acts of terror', with fears that militants were still on the run
  • Oscar Siagian via Getty Images
    Indonesian policemen and ambulance arrive in front of Sarinah shopping mall after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reports of explosions and gunshots in the centre of the Indonesian capital, including outside the United Nations building and in the front of the Sarinah shopping mall, an area with many luxury hotels, embassies and offices
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    Indonesian police officers stand guard near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian police officers take security measures near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian police officers take security measures near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian police officers stand guard near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    Indonesian police officers stand guard near the location of explosions after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on January 14, 2016
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    A group of Indonesian students hold placards during a candlelit protest in Surabaya, Eastern Java island on January 14, 2016, to condemn the blasts and gunfire that rocked Jakarta earlier in the day
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    An Indonesian Muslim woman holds a placard during a candlelit protest in Surabaya, Eastern Java island on January 14, 2016, to condemn the blasts and gunfire that rocked Jakarta earlier in the day