Jakarta Bombings

18 Jul

9 DEAD AND 50 WOUNDED IN JAKARTA HOTELS’ BLASTS

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Jakarta (Indonesia) 17/07/2009- A pair of powerful bombs exploded at two luxury hotels in an upscale Jakarta business district Friday, leaving 9 dead, including several foreigners, and wounding at least 50, officials said. The blasts at the neighbouring Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels blew out windows and scattered debris and glass across the street.

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At the Metropolitan Medical Center, a list of 29 names was posted of people it said were also wounded. While a hospital official says 48 were wounded, including 11 foreigners. There have not been any major bomb blasts in Indonesia for several years, and this month the country’s presidential election passed off peacefully. Debris and shattered glass littered the street outside, and ambulances were being shuttled into the area.

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Alex Asmasubrata, who was jogging by the hotels, said he first heard a loud explosion at the Marriott. Five minutes later, a bomb followed at the Ritz. He saw four bodies inside the Marriott, including one with its stomach blown out.

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The Marriott hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 died. Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed in that blast. ‘There were explosions heard from two separate places, one the JW Marriott, the other in the Ritz Carlton. We are still trying to check because right now we are still helping the victims,’ said South Jakarta Police Chief Firman Santyabudi.

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The explosions rocked the area around 8 am (0100 GMT, 9am Malaysian time) near the site of a 2003 bombing by Islamist militants of the JW Marriott hotel, which killed 12 people. Witnesses at the scene told Metro TV that the injured, including Indonesians and foreigners, were seen being taken away in ambulances. Police sealed off the area near the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott hotels, an AFP correspondent said. Windows had been blown out of a second-storey restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. — AP, REUTERS

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2 Responses to “Jakarta Bombings”

  1. Christy 18/07/2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Thank you Cikgu for those wonderful quotes! The world needs to wake up before we are all destroyed in our own hands. I know it’s sometimes really hard to forgive people who have hurt us tremendously.Let us pray that we as human beings in this world, who are highly intellectual, can soon truly understand that the only price to pay for peace is learning to forgive and forget and be compassionate. Easy to say, I know… and this statement may mean nothing to those people who had lost their family members due to various acts of violence. I truly feel sorry for them and I hope they can be unleashed from this hatred feelings.

    Although not a religious person and I do not have a particular faith yet, I truly believe one day we will all be judged by God. Let us all perpetually advocate the “PEACE WITHOUT VIOLENCE” philosophy in every aspects of our life. Let us all love our family and friends and live as a true human being which God has created us to be one. Let us not have racism in mind and live together as one.

    • Choy 19/07/2009 at 12:33 am #

      Thank you for the response Christy…

      Normally I was quick to reply any comments given by my reader. But this time, I took a very long time to do that. I am truly saddened by what happened there in Jakarta Once again, they killed the innocence people. I am dumb-founded.

      The sad thing is, the suspect is from Jemaah Islamiah (JI). This was never the teaching of Islam. I agreed, war has got consequences. But killing the innocence is to me unacceptable. We let hatred to be in control of our soul and mind. Frankly speaking, I never like what Bush administrations did to Iraq. But, I never condemned the Americans as a whole.

      Bush might be my worst nightmare. But, I love the Kennedy’s…🙂

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