LIPPO CIKARANG - Dutch press agency Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (RNW) reports that the recent bombings on the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel are claimed by the militant Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah. They are said to have sent an SMS to RNW. Earlier Indonesian authorities already told that they suspected that the group, related to Al-Qaeda, was behind the attacks. The SMS sent to RNW is the first reaction of the terrorist organization.
Indonesia points at the currently fugitive Noordin Mohammad Top as the mastermind of last Fridays attacks. The bombs were made from the same material as used in explosives in previous bombings of hotels in Indonesia, that were also the work of Jemaah Islamiyah.
The SMS message was sent to the telephone number that is used for broadcasts in Indonesian by RNW. The message says 'that out brothers were confident and successful in their task. We are convinced that Asia is out battleground'. The SMS also names the position of Muslims in the southern Philippines and the Uighur people in western China. Nine people were killed in the attacks last week.