Thursday, July 16, 2009
Islamist Jemaah Islamiah Blamed for Bombings
Four foreigners dead... terror group Jemaah Islamiah blamed
Channel News Asia
Explosions rock Jakarta hotels
Posted 33 minutes ago
Updated 8 minutes ago
Police say at least four foreigners have been killed in explosions at two hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
"There were explosions heard from two separate places, one the JW Marriott, the other in the Ritz Carlton. We are still trying to check because right now we are still helping the victims," South Jakarta Police Chief Firman Santyabudi told Metro TV.
Witnesses told ElShinta radio they could see injured people being evacuated by car from the Ritz Carlton hotel in the upscale Mega Kuningan business district in the centre of the city.
An AFP correspondent said police have sealed off the area near the two hotels.
A witness reported seeing bodies inside the Marriott as debris and shattered glass littered the street outside the neighbouring hotels.
The South East Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiah has been blamed for the attacks.
Police sealed off the area near the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott hotels, an AFP correspondent said. Windows had been blown out of a second-storey restaurant at the Ritz Carlton.
"I heard two sounds like 'boom, boom' coming from the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton. Then I saw people running out," security guard Eko Susanto told AFP.
Police had sealed off the area near the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, an AFP correspondent said.
Witness Intan told TV One one of the explosions wrecked the lobby of the Plaza Mutiara building.
"I was having breakfast on level 16, I heard an explosion and went down to the first floor and it was a mess. I saw foreigners all bloody, about three to five of them, badly wounded," she said.
The explosions rocked the area around 8:00 am (0100 GMT) near the site of a 2003 bombing by Islamist militants of the JW Marriott hotel, which killed 12 people.
"I saw some people being carried into a Mercedes. There were a lot of them in there, they were having trouble closing the doors," a witness, who gave her name as Mery, told ElShinta.