Thu 16 Jul, 2009 08:08 pm
BREAKING NEWS: Four killed in Indonesia hotel blasts
Olivia Rondonuwu, Telly Nathalia, Harry Suhartono, Sara Webb, Dean Yates, Reuters
Thursday, July 16, 2009
JAKARTA, July 17 (Reuters) - Four people were killed in two separate explosions on Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta, Indonesia's Metro TV reported.
Police have confirmed the blasts, but not yet said if they were caused by bombs. There have not been any major bomb blasts in Indonesia for several years, and this month the country's presidential election passed off peacefully.
"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," said South Jakarta Police Chief Firman Santyabudi.
Witnesses at the scene told Metro TV that the injured, including Indonesians and foreigners, were seen being taken away in ambulances.
"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.
The Marriott Hotel was badly damaged by a car bomb attack in 2003 that killed 12 people.
That coincided with a period when Islamists militants carried out numerous attacks, including bombings in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people. Many militants have since been arrested.
I know, my heart almost stopped as my brother is in Jakarta and his name is Tim and I heard that a NZer named Tim was killed in the explosion....it was not him...thank goodness!
KiwiChic, I can hear
the relief in your post!
Thank goodness for that!
Have a nice glass of chilled sauv blanc on me!
It's still not clear who (or what group) is responsible for these bombings. But one thing's for sure ... Indonesia does not want or need any more episodes like this. (Assuming "terrorists" are involved). In the recent election Indonesians (one of the largest Muslim populations of any country in the world) voted in a moderate
government & clearly & strongly rejected more "radical" alternatives. I think the results of the elective became "official" today. Maybe there's some connection? Who knows?
Nine dead as bombers target Jakarta hotels
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Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago
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