Two former senior U.S. officials who dealt directly with issues of terror in Indonesia say the bombings in Jakarta today bear the trademarks of the al Qaeda-connected Group Jemayah Islamiya, whose top bomb-maker, Noordin Top, has been at large and feared preparing a new attack.
Police officers inspect the damage after an explosion went off at Marriott hotel in Jakarta,...
Police officers inspect the damage after an explosion went off at Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2009. Bombs exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital on Friday, ripping the facade off the Ritz, police said.
The bombings, in which twin bombs detonated at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in central Jakarta, are suspected to have been coordinated by Top.
Former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, said the virtually simultaneous attacks and current intelligence point to the involvement of Top, who he called one "He is one of the most wanted men in Asia."
Nine people have been killed in explosions at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in South Jakarta, according to Coordinating Minister for Law, Politics and Security Widodo AS.
Widodo said the blasts were caused by high explosives. One explosion happened in the Marriott restaurant near the lobby. Six people died there, he said.
The explosion at the Ritz, minutes later, also occurred in a restaurant. Two people were killed there.
One person died later in a hospital.
The minister said 42 people were being treated at hospitals for injuries. Twenty were listed as Indonesians and 19 as foreigners.