Jakarta suicide bomb
A view of the blast site after a series of explosions hit the Indonesia capitalOscar Siagian/ Getty Images

Three suspected terrorists with alleged links to the terror attacks in Jakarta have been arrested.

A police source told Indonesian TV channel MetroTV that the men were arrested at 4am local time (9pm GMT) on Friday (15 January) from a house on the outskirts of Jakarta.

"They were sleeping when we arrived there," the police officer said. He added that police seized two bags and some books but they were not analysed right away as it was still dark. The TV channel broadcast footage of the handcuffed men being led away by police, AP reported.

At least seven people including five attackers were killed in gun and bomb attacks in the Indonesian capital on 14 January after multiple bomb blasts around Thamrin Street, a shopping and business area near the United Nations offices in the city

The area near a Starbucks coffee shop, where the attack began, remained cordoned off with a highly visible police presence on Friday.

Onlookers and journalists lingered nearby, with some people leaving flowers and messages of support.

A large screen atop the building that houses the Starbucks displayed messages that said "#prayforjakarta" and "Indonesia Unite," AP reported.

Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian told reporters outside the city's oldest department store, Sarinah, where the attack unfolded: "We need to strengthen our response and preventive measures, including legislation to prevent them.

"We hope our counterparts in other countries can work together because it is not home-grown terrorism, it is part of the Isis network," AP reported him as saying.

He said Indonesia is hunting terror cells believed to be behind the attack on the capital.