Friday, July 17, 2009

Nine killed in Ritz & Marriott explosions

Nine people, including Holcim Indonesia CEO Timothy Mackay, killed in the explosions at two 5-star hotels, Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott, Mega Kuningan business district, Jakarta this morning.
Timothy was in a business meeting at Marriott when the bomb exploded. Our source said the bomb at Marriott is a suicide bomb. Dr Cahyono from Jakarta Hospital confirmed six people died. Chrisnanda Dwilaksana from Jakarta Metropolitan Police also confirmed six people died in the explosions.
Media quoted Alex Asmasubrata, businessman and politician, who was in the scene witnessing the explosions saying he saw four bodies were taken out of the Marriott.
Another witness, Greg Woolstencroft, said he saw a dead body in the hotel. "I guess he might have been a suicide bomber or someone very, very close to the explosion," he told CNN.
Department of Health announced eight people killed and 49 injured in the explosions. About 36 people are treated by MMC Hospital, one at Pertamina, and 11 at Jakarta Hospital.
Coordinating minister for politic, security, and law, Widodo AS, explained nine people killed, of which six died at Marriott Hotel, two at Ritz Carlton, and one at Medistra Hospital. "This is a high explosive type of bomb," he said. But he declined to confirm whether they were terrorism attacks. 

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