Friday, July 17, 2009

Suicide Bombers Bomb a Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinated bombings were carried out within ten minutes of each other on Friday morning, 1 at the JW Marriott Hotel, and the other at the adjacent Ritz Carlton in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bombs exploded shortly after 8:00 a.m. (9:00 p.m. Thursday ET). The two hotels are connected by an underground tunnel.

Currently, 9 have been reported killed from the explosions, with the injury toll much higher, at around 50.

An unexploded bomb was also found on the JW Marriott’s 18th floor, which is the same floor the suicide bombers were belived to be staying.

The head of security for the Marriott Hotels, Allen Orlob, says that they don’t know how the suicide bombers got through the “robust security” and were able to carry out such an event.

A car bomb also exploded along a toll road in north Jakarta, but authorities are currently not releasing any details.

No terrorist groups have taken responsibility for the event but all eyes are on the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group because of their close ties to al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. An Al Jazeera English reporter claimed that the JI members denied any involvement in the bombings.


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