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BREAKING NEWS: There are reports that bombs have exploded at two hotels in the Indonesian capital.
The facade of the 333 bedroom Ritz-Carlton hotel, in the Mega Kunigan commerical district, was blown off in one blast Friday morning.
FOUR people were killed in nearly simultaneous explosions at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta today, Indonesia's Metro TV reported.
Channel Seven is reporting at least one Australian is among dead.
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," South Jakarta Police Chief Firman Santyabudi said.
Originally posted by alien
reply to post by spinkyboo
...well...in the lengthy history of Mankind thus far we haven't seemed to have picked up on the cues just yet...
A CAR has exploded near a shopping complex in the north of the Indonesian capital, more than two hours after two luxury hotels in the city centre were bombed, police have told local radio.
The hotel blasts killed nine people and injured around 50 this morning, Indonesia's security minister said.
JEMAAH Islamiah is the only group capable of carrying out the bombings at two Jakarta hotels, terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna said.
Bombs exploded at the city's Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels this morning, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens.
Mr Gunaratna, head of the Singapore-based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, said the violence in Indonesia would not stop until JI's "spiritual leader", Abu Bakir Bashir, was arrested and jailed.
He said while JI was a movement made up of splinter factions, it was the only organisation capable of acts of terror like those at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Manchester United were going to stay at one of the hotels this weekend. They've now cancelled the match.
Originally posted by munkey66
the bit that stands out the most for me for some strange reason is the
We know that numbers and symbology are important to some.