Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jakarta Hotels Bombed Minutes Ago, 4 Dead


Associated Press:

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Bombs have exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital on Friday, ripping the facade off the Ritz. Police say at least four people are injured.

Debris and shattered glass littered the street outside the neighboring hotels in an upscale Jakarta neighborhood. Ambulances were being shuttled into the area.

A man jogging by the hotels said he first heard a loud explosion at the Marriott. Five minutes later, a bomb followed at the Ritz.

Alex Asmasubrata said he saw four bodies inside the Marriott. One had its stomach blown out. An Associated Press reporter saw three injured taken away from the Ritz.

Police, however, would only confirm four people were injured.

The Marriott hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 died. Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed in that blast.

The Courier-Mail

INDONESIA'S Metro TV reported an explosion was heard and felt this morning at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kuningan, Jakarta.

Another explosion has been reported at the Marriott hotel.

The Associated Press reports the facade of the Ritz-Carlton was blown off and three injured people have been taken away.

"Some windows of the Ritz-Carlton building have been shattered, mostly on the lower section," Myra Junor, who works at a nearby building said.

"I'm looking at it from my office."

The Herald Sun:

UPDATE 11.46am: FOUR people have reportedly been killed after bombs exploded outside two hotels in Jakarta.

The bombs exploded outside the Marriott Hotel and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, blowing the facade off the Ritz Carlton, Associated Press reported.

An Associated Press reporter saw three injured taken away from the Ritz.

"Some windows of the Ritz-Carlton building have been shattered, mostly on the lower section. I'm looking at it from my office," said Myra Junor, who works at a nearby building, told Indonesia's Metro TV.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they were with officials to see if any Australians were invovled.

The bombings almost six years after 12 people were killed and 150 were injured in a bombing at the Marriott Hotel by terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah.

2 comments:

Nom d'un chien said...

One more reason to avoid those very expensive hotels and to go to the backpack ones. But for all those people in business trip, it is difficult to avoid those hotels.

Indigo Red said...

I do agree to a degree. I try to stay at more native hotel. I see no point in going to a country and stay in an American hotel. Bombings of major Western hotels is another good reason to stay elsewhere.