Nine Killed, Fifty Injured in Jakarta Hotel Explosions

At least 9 people were killed and 50 others injured when a pair of high intensity bombs exploded at two luxury hotels situated in upscale Jakarta business district on Friday, said officials. Indonesia’s security minister has confirmed the toll.

In the blast occurred at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels, 1 New Zealander was killed and 14 other foreigners were injured, said the minister.

The powerful explosion in the two hotels blew out windows and scattered debris and glass across the street.

Earlier, Dr Cahyonod at the Jakarta Hospital said that six people were killed. At another hospital, the Metropolitan Medical Center, a list of 29 names was posted of people it said were also wounded.

A jogger jogging by the hotels at the time of blast, Alex Asmasubrata said that he first heard a loud explosion at the Marriott and then five minutes later, a bomb followed at the Ritz.

The Marriott hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 were killed.

Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed in that blast, but there has been a massive crackdown by anti-terror officials, and it has been more than three years since a major terrorist attack in Indonesia and the network.

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