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At least eight killed in Jakarta hotel bombings JAKARTA - At least eight people were killed in two powerful explosions at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels Friday morning in the Indonesian capital, media reports said. Jakarta police officers said four foreigners died in the apparent attack, but media reports put the death toll at eight. A number of people were injured in the blasts.

The first explosion hit the Ritz-Carlton, completely destroying its facade, and the second blast hit the nearby Marriott hotel. A witness said the explosions were about five minutes apart. "I was having a breakfast in the nearby restaurant when I heard a very strong blast," said Intan, an officer worker. "I saw several blooded foreigners taken out of the hotel," she told the TV One channel.

The blast came just over a week after the July 9 presidential election, in which incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared set to win a second five-year term in office although the result has not yet been officially confirmed. Yudhoyono has been credited with restoring security following a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Islamic militants from the Jemaah Islamiyah radical group since the start of the decade.

It was a second bomb attack on the Jakarta Marriott. In August 2003, a militant drove a bomb-laden truck into the lobby of the hotel and set it off, killing 12 people and injuring 150.

Location of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel in a map of Jakarta.  Google.
Location of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel in a map of Jakarta. Google.




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Posted in Terrorism @ 17 July 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Scary CCTV images from the Ritz Carlton in which an apparently young man walks into the hotel lobby, directly to the restaurant without hesitation. A few seconds later the explosion follows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kdgv4lIdx8



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