Jakarta attacks in busy area filled with Western brands
JAKARTA, Indonesia— Thursday’s deadly attacks in Jakarta were focused on a Starbucks in the center of the Indonesian capital, in an area filled with offices and Western brands.
The attacks took place on Thamrin Street, a major thoroughfare in central Jakarta. The Istana Negara presidential palace is about 2 kilometers up the road.
Some of the explosions happened across from Sarinah department store, one of the first department stores in Jakarta. In the same shopping plaza is a McDonalds and other Western-style restaurants. The shopping center is popular among Indonesians and foreigners alike.
The Starbucks, across the street and on a corner, is in front of Jakarta Theater, a Pizza Hut and an office building. The Pan-Pacific Hotel is also on the same block. Across the street is the United Nations office, and not much further up the block are government offices.
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