JAKARTA, 17 July 2009: Nine people died in the bomb explosions at the JW Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel in the Mega Kuning commercial area here today, said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Security, Widodo AS.
He said the explosions within two minutes of each other, happened at 7.45am and 7.47am.
“These were highly-explosive bombs,” he told reporters in front of the damaged JW Marriott Hotel.
Widodo was accompanied by Indonesian police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, National Intelligence chief Syamsir Siregar and Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo.
Widodo was quoted as saying by the local media that the first explosion occurred at the lobby of the Marriott and followed by the second at a restaurant of the Ritz Carlton.
According to him, six were killed in the bomb explosion at the Marriott and two at Ritz Carlton, while one died at the Medistra Hospital.
He, however, at the moment declined to link the incidents to terrorism and wanted a thorough investigation to be conducted first. — Bernama