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Marriott Hotel Bombing Kills 10

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  1. s land balla

    s land balla Contributing Member

    Apr 24, 2001
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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- A powerful car bomb exploded Tuesday at the JW Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 100, police said.

    Indonesian officials said a Dutch national was among the dead, and U.S. State Department officials said at least two Americans were hurt. An earlier report that an American was killed was inaccurate.

    Several Australians and Singaporeans also were wounded in the attack, Indonesian officials said.

    Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri visited the bomb site Tuesday evening with her husband and the Jakarta chief of police. Her government is expected to announce new security measures Wednesday.

    In the wake of the explosion Tuesday, thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the building, and several cars parked outside were ablaze.

    The blast occurred about 12:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, shattering scores of plate-glass windows in the 33-floor luxury hotel.

    The American-owned hotel was popular with expatriate business executives.

    Gen. Da'i Bachtiar, chief of the Indonesian National Police, told reporters some of the injured are believed to be in critical condition.

    CNN's Atika Shubert, reporting from the scene, said the explosion was powerful, with debris strewn across a wide area in front of the hotel. (On the Scene: Atika Shubert)

    Pools of blood and broken glass littered the driveway running past the hotel complex.

    One guest at the hotel, Australian tourist Simon Leuning, had just checked in and was relaxing in his room when the explosion occurred. "The window blew in, blew me across the room," he told Reuters Television. "I got out of there as fast as I could." (Blast scene)

    A ground-floor restaurant close to the hotel lobby and a roof covering the entrance bore the brunt of the blast and were almost entirely destroyed.

    Most of the dead and injured were in the restaurant when the explosion occurred.

    Forensics teams are on the scene trying to uncover what kind of explosives were used and seeking clues as to who was responsible.

    A 30-year-old chef who works at a hotel bistro said a taxi was seen in flames outside the hotel immediately after the blast.

    Group with al Qaeda link
    In recent weeks, police have been warning of the elevated risk of terrorist attacks in Indonesia, and suspicion has fallen on the Southeast Asian group Jemaah Islamiyah, which has been linked to al Qaeda.

    Police also blame the group for last year's Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people.

    "The attack bears the hallmark of [Jemaah Islamiyah], who aim to inflict mass casualties, as was the case in Bali," said Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert with the Singapore-based Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies.

    "[Jemaah Islamiyah] is very much intact and operational. This attack could have been timed to coincide with the trial of the Bali bombers," Gunaratna said.

    A verdict is due this week in the case of the so-called "smiling bomber" -- the man accused of planting the bombs in October's nightclub bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali. (Bomber awaits fate)

    Investigators said the Bali bombers were funded by Jemaah Islamiyah.

    Jemaah Islamiyah's alleged spiritual leader, radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'ashir, is also on trial for a series of bombings in 2000.

    Hotel security considered tight
    Visitors to the five-star JW Marriott said the hotel had implemented stringent security checks, including metal detectors, and was considered by many to be one of the most secure hotels in the city.

    The hotel, part of the U.S.-owned international chain, is near a number of foreign embassies and headquarters of several major multinational corporations.

    It is also a popular venue for functions and was used by the U.S. ambassador to host July Fourth celebrations.

    The Marriott opened in September 2001 and is situated to the south of Jakarta's city center in the newly developed Mega Kuningan commercial district.
  2. mleahy999

    mleahy999 Member

    Jun 14, 2002
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    I don't know why anyone would go to Indonesia after last year's bombing in Bali and riots in the late 90's. Don't they realize that foreigners are not welcome.
  3. Surfguy

    Surfguy Contributing Member

    Sep 23, 1999
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    How do you stop something like this? Security restrictions on who can pull up to the front of a hotel now? I can imagine the check-in process now...due to security precautions we are not letting any cars pull up to the front of the hotel for drop-offs or pick-ups. You have to do it a quarter-mile away over there and walk with your luggage to the lobby. Then, some terrorist walks up with bombs in his luggage so you have to screen the luggage at the drop-off point.

    My question is how many Muslims died or were hurt?

    Terrorists have no problem killing or hurting other Muslims so their on noone's side...not even their proclaimed own side. Morons.
  4. zhaozhilong

    zhaozhilong Member

    Dec 14, 2002
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    It puzzles me why ANYONE would still want to have a vacation at a place like that. Don't they read the news or something?

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