Ritz-Carlton, J.W. Marriott in Jakarta Bombed

Photo by @dregar. More twitter pics of scene here.

Update: The bodies of two suicide bombers have been located in the debris. Indonesia authorities are blaming Muslim extremists and say that the perpetrators rented rooms in the hotel.

A police spokesman Friday said the suspects in the Marriott bombing were staying in the hotel disguised as guests, though he didn't give a number of people suspected to be involved. Police detonated what they described as a homemade explosive found in room 1808. The spokesman described the hotels' security measures as adequate.

The suicide bombers used explosive they were keeping in a room at the Marriott, Mr. Danuri said. The first bomb was detonated at the Marriott at 7:47 a.m. local time at the lounge in the lobby, near a meeting of foreign business people. That explosion killed five. The second bomb was detonated at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel 10 minutes later, on a second floor restaurant, killing two. One person later died in a hospital.


Via the BBC:

At least nine people, including some foreigners, have been killed in two bomb blasts at luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say.

One explosion hit the Ritz-Carlton, ripping off its facade, and the other the Marriott Hotel. At least 48 people were injured. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Nine have been confirmed dead and 50 others wounded. Police do not yet have a reason for the bombings. One possibility: [More...]

Today marked the day when recently re-elected President Susilo Bambamg Yudhoyono was sworn in as president two weeks after winning elections however whether the two events are linked has yet to be confirmed.

The news was first reported on twitter by someone at the scene. To follow world-wide updates on Twitter, go here. The Marriott and Ritz Carlton are also providing twitter updates.

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    What a sad species we can be... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 08:27:41 AM EST
    whatever the reason, it sure as hell ain't a good one.

    Enjoy yourself folks and stay free, because you never know when the reaper is coming.
    Enjoy yourself and hope for a leap in evolution sometime soon.

    In Delhi, we had to go through a metal (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 09:05:10 AM EST
    detector each time we entered the hotel.  ("Wanding" of females was behind a curtain by a female security person.)  Cars were checked with a device before entry beyond the gates.  

    A common practice... (none / 0) (#3)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 09:26:44 AM EST
    ...in Egypt as well.  Heck, I remember landing in Rome back in '79 as a fresh faced American kid just out of High School and being taken aback at the sight of military personnel armed with automatic weapons patroling the airport.  

    I remember landing in Rome (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by BackFromOhio on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 10:58:30 AM EST
    in the Fall of 1985 and finding not a single official -- or anyone else for that matter -- anywhere to be found!

    On strike, no doubt. (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 06:48:28 PM EST