Jakarta hotel bombings leave 9 dead


At least nine people have been killed and several others wounded in nearly simultaneous bombings at two luxury hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Police and officials on Friday said “high explosive bombs” caused the two blasts at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the upscale Mega Kuningan business district around 7:50 a.m. local time.

According to the Jakarta Globe, 42 people were being treated at hospitals for injuries. Twenty were listed as Indonesians and 19 as foreigners.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The Marriott hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 died, but it has been more than three years since a major terrorist attack in Indonesia.