Today's blasts are the third major bomb attacks to hit Jakarta since 2003 and the fourth to rock Indonesia since the Bali bombings in 2002.


More than 200 people, including 88 Australians, were killed in Bali when three separate bombs were detonated in the town of Kuta late on October 12. A further 200 people were injured.


Eleven months later, 12 people died and 150 were wounded when a car bomb was detonated outside the JW Marriott Hotel lobby.


And on September 9 2004, a car bomb exploded four metres from the front gates of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.


Eleven people were killed, including passers-by, an Embassy guard and gardener. More than 160 people were injured.


The attacks in Jakarta were led by Noordin Mohammed Top and Dr Azahari Husin, two Malaysian-born terrorists aligned with the extremist Muslim network, Jemaah Islamiah.


Azahari, dubbed the "demolition man", was killed in a police raid in November 2005. He reportedly blew himself and two colleagues up rather than be taken alive.

The Department of Foreign Affairs noted in its official comment on today's attacks that Noordin remained at large.


Jemaah Islamiah began as a separatist movement in Indonesia but evolved in an extremist organisation with links to Al Qaeda.


Three men convicted of orchestrating the Bali bombings, Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas, were executed by firing squad in November last year.
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The casualty count from the terror bombings in Jakarta will likely rise if damage to the Ritz-Carlton hotel is as extensive as described, strategic think tank Stratfor says.

In a preliminary analysis, Stratfor, a private sector intelligence group based in the US, said at least two improvised explosive devices had detonated in the Mega Kuningan business district near the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels.

One report described extensive damage to the front facade of the Ritz-Carlton.
Bombs explode in Jakarta

Powerful bombs have exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Early casualty reports described four people killed, though if the damage to the Ritz-Carlton is as extensive as described, the casualty count will likely rise," it said.

Stratfor said several foreign embassies were located in this area.

Local reports described witnesses observing white smoke coming from several structures, while other buildings were being evacuated.

"It is unclear exactly where the devices were placed or how large they were, though some photos of the Ritz show damage that would be consistent with a small device being detonated inside," it said.
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Within seconds of the first explosion in Jakarta, Twitter lit up with first-hand accounts from people on the ground - well before the big media companies could scramble into position.

Just like during last year's Mumbai terrorist attacks and, closer to home, the recent bushfires that ravaged Victoria, Twitter has once again proved its worth as a lightning fast way to spread information during disasters and breaking news events.

Daniel Tumiwa appeared to be first in the world to report the Jakarta bombings on the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels.
Bombs explode in Jakarta

Powerful bombs have exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Bom @ marriot and ritz Carlton kuningan jakarta," he wrote.

"Left location.Shocked. Lots of blood. Breakfast meetings at coffee shops while bombs went off."

Before long other Indonesians were uploading photographs and details they had recorded on their mobile phones.

Andre Siregar, who was in the Ritz-Carlton when the bombs went off, wrote that he "felt building shake twice" and published a photograph of the Ritz-Carlton's crushed facade.

"Airlangga restaurant explosion. We just had dinner there last night," he wrote.

Another user posted a photograph of smoke billowing out of both hotels.
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Friday, 17 July 2009. The explosion occurred in Regions Mega Kuningan, Jakarta precisely at the Marriot Grand Hotel Lobby. Explosion that occurred in Marriot Hotel exploded at around 7:45 to 7:50 WIB. A restaurant is not far from the explosion source, smithers. Smoke clearly visible comes from the JW Marriot Hotel Lobby. Explosion at the Mega Kuningan area is suspected as a bomb is deliberately diledakkan by terrorists. Not yet clear how many victims of explosion that occurred in the Mega Kuningan area.

The explosion happened in Marriot Hotel Lobby is large enough and the glass building that is building around the JW Marriot. Explosion at the Marriot Hotel is the second time that happened in Marriot Hotel previous GW Marriot hotel had been the terrorist target at 5th August 2003, 150 people injured. According to the news in ANTV second explosion occurred in the Ritz Carlton.

Based on information from ANTV, explosion occurred twice, the first large-scale explosion and a second smaller scale. The first explosion occurred in the JW Marriot and the second occurred in Ritz Carlton Hotel.
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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Bomb blasts ripped through luxury hotels in the heart of Indonesia's capital on Friday, killing nine people and wounding dozens in attacks the president said badly hurt confidence in the country.

The bombs targeted the JW Marriott hotel, scene of a car bomb attack in 2003, and the Ritz-Carlton, both popular with visiting international businessmen and thought to boast some of the tightest security in Jakarta.

A car bomb killed two people along a toll road in the north of the capital, police said, and an unexploded homemade device was also later found on the 18th floor of the Marriott.

A visibly upset President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, re-elected this month on the back of improved security and a healthier economy, told a news conference that the bombings were the act of a terrorist group bent on damaging the country.

"I am sure most of us are deeply concerned, feel very sorry, and are crying silently, like the way I am feeling," he said, adding the perpetrators were "laughing and cheering with anger and hatred."

"They do not have a sense of humanity and do not care about the destruction of our country because of this terror act will have a wide impact on our economy, our business climate, our tourism, our image in the world and many others."

FINANCIAL MARKETS FALL

Indonesian financial markets fell after the blasts, with the rupiah down 0.7 percent at 10,200 per dollar, prompting state banks to sell dollars to support the currency, traders said. Indonesian stocks were down 2 percent.

The apparently coordinated bombings are the first in several years and follow a period in which the government had made progress in tackling security threats from militant Islamic groups, bringing a sense of political stability to Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Suspicion was likely to fall on the Jemaah Islamiah militant group, blamed for the previous Marriott attack as well as bombings on the island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people.

The group, which wants to create an Islamic state across parts of Southeast Asia, was blamed for a string of attacks until 2005, but many militants have since been arrested.

"The attack is particularly severe for investor confidence because ... it has affected the hotels that are seen to be among the most secure in Jakarta and also either killed or wounded numerous prominent expatriate business people," said Kevin O'Rourke, a political risk analyst in Jakarta.

Tim Mackay, president director of cement maker PT Holcim Indonesia, was among those killed, the company said.

According to police, the casualties included citizens of Indonesia, the United States, Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Canada, Norway, Japan and India.

The Manchester United soccer team said it had canceled the Jakarta leg of an Asian tour. A Ritz-Carlton employee said the team had been due to stay at the hotel ahead of a game in Indonesia early next week.

BLOOD ON THE STREET

Witnesses said the bombings at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton were minutes apart and it appeared both had occurred inside the hotel restaurants during breakfast.

At the Ritz-Carlton, torn curtains flapped around broken windows and glass lay around the hotel. There was blood on the street across from the Marriott. The hotels are near each other in a business area home to many offices, embassies and bars.

"It was very loud, it was like thunder, it was rather continuous, and then followed by the second explosion," said Vidi Tanza, who works near the hotel, describing the blasts.

Parliamentary elections in April and the presidential poll this month had passed peacefully, underscoring the progress made by the world's most populous Muslim nation since the chaos and violence that surrounded the downfall of ex-autocrat Suharto in the late 1990s.

"I would say it damages foreign investor confidence since the attacks appear aimed at Westerners, but does not shatter it, so long as there is no further violence for some time," said Sean Callow, currency strategist at Westpac Bank in Sydney. An Australian security report on Thursday said Jemaah Islamiah could be poised to strike again.

Leadership tensions in the group and recent prison releases of its members raised the possibility that splinter groups might now seek to re-energize the movement through violent attacks, said the report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

The report said Jemaah Islamiah was now a splintered group which may not be capable of replicating mass casualty attacks, but warned there was evidence that members released from prison "are gravitating toward hardline groups who continue to advocate al Qaeda-style attacks against Western targets."

Sidney Jones, a Jakarta-based expert on Islamic militants at the International Crisis Group, said Jemaah Islamiah as an organization did not appear to be responsible.

"It's more likely to be a splinter group than JI itself, which doesn't mean you couldn't have JI members but it's very unlikely to be JI as an organization behind this attack," said Jones.
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Nine people died in the bomb explosions at the JW Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel in the Mega Kuning commercial area here Friday, said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Security, Widodo AS.

He said the explosions within two minutes of each other, happened at 7.45am and 7.47am.

"These were highly-explosive bombs," he told reporters in front of the damaged JW Marriott Hotel.

Widodo was accompanied by Indonesian police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, National Intelligence chief Syamsir Siregar and Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo.

Widodo was quoted as saying by the local media that the first explosion occurred at the lobby of the Marriott and followed by the second at a restaurant of the Ritz Carlton.

According to him, six were killed in the bomb explosion at the Marriott and two at Ritz Carlton, while one died at the Medistra Hospital.

He, however, at the moment declined to link the incidents to terrorism and wanted a thorough investigation to be conducted first.
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JAKARTA, Explosions rocked Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels in Mega Kuningan area, Central Jakarta, early Friday, killing at least six people and injuring several others.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel was supposed to accommodate footballers of the Manchester United (MU) of Britain, who are expected to arrive in Jakarta on Saturday (July 18). A 90-member team of MU, consisting of officials and players, are scheduled to arrive at Halim Perdanakusuma airport by a chartered plane.

The explosions in the two hotels at Kuningan area, were herd twice at around 7.50 am and 7.55 am local time. Policemen have already arrived at the scenes of the explosions and the victims have been rushed to nearby hospitals. Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo AS visited the scenes of the bombings at around 9 am local.

The Marriott Hotel bombed on August 5, 2003, killing 12 people, including a Dutch national, and injuring 147 others. The Marriot bombing was believed to be masterminded by Azhari Husin and Noordin M Top, both Malaysian nationals.

Azhari was killed in a police raid in East Java in November 2005, and Noording M Top is still at large. Azhari and his fellow Noordin Mohammad Top, a terror coordinator of the Al-Qaeda linked in Southeast Asia of Jemaah Islamiyah militant network, are believed as the masterminds of a series of major terrorist acts in Indonesia, including the Bali bombings in 2002, JW Marriot hotel explosions in Jakarta in 2003, a deadly blast in Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004, and bombings in Bali in October 2005 that killed more than 220 people.
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