Skip to comments.Jakarta bombers may have been guests at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, police say
Posted on 07/18/2009 4:29:03 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Jakarta bombers may have been guests at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, police say
Michel Maas in Jakarta and Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor
Suicide bombers posing as hotel guests are believed to have been responsible for the explosions in two hotels that killed at least eight people in Jakarta yesterday and wounded more than 50, in the first such attack in Indonesia for almost four years. Bleeding victims, some of them foreign businessmen who, moments earlier, had been engaged in breakfast meetings, limped or crawled out of the JW Marriott hotel and the neighbouring Ritz-Carlton in Jakartas Mega Kuningan business district after the explosions, which came two minutes apart, shortly before 8am.
Footage from a security camera at the Ritz-Carlton showed a suited man wearing a baseball cap and carrying a backpack and a wheeled suitcase entering the hotels first-floor restaurant just before the explosion, which killed two people.
Anti-terrorism officers later found and defused a bomb in a room on the 18th floor of the Marriott, where six people were killed by an explosion in the ground-floor lobby. The same hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 people died in a suicide bombing.
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Looks like JI has figured-out how to attack a Jakarta hotel with something less than 80 to 90 percent Indonesian Muslim casualties, which has been their previous track record and presumably why they stopped doing the bombing in Jakarta (the previous 2003 bombing at the JW Marriot was 90 percent Indonesian Muslim caualties).
Even Bali had a greatly underreported number of Indonesian victims (dead + wounded), which I recall was about 400 to 500 total. A lesser percentage of Muslims since Bali is largely Hindu. But the local casualty numbers were lost in the dominant reporting about the Aussie victims.
In any case I am certain that in this event the JI has once again killed and injured a lot of innocent locals, even through they were able to plant a bomber in the restaurant.
Any chance they may have been Muslims?
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