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Bomb explosions at Hotel Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott

Today, Friday 17 July 2009, bomb explosion occurred at two luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott in Jakarta, Indonesia, at approximately 07:40 o'clock (Jakarta time) with the interval time is about 15 minutes. Both bombing was killed nine people and wound 52 others including foreign people (whilst reported). At the same day also occurred an explosion from a car along the toll road in Jakarta, but I cannot find further details because the breaking news on all TV more focuses to Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.

Indonesian stock price index fell down 0.7 percent after these case. Meanwhile, the Manchester United football team which has the plan ahead to visit Jakarta and stay at Ritz-Carlton hotel for an exhibition game with local team was threatened canceled. Security officials has move quickly making investigations in the two hotels. Strict inspection is also done at the airport especially against the box-car.

Right at 14:00 o'clock today (Jakarta time), President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met the press and provide his statements in relation to this bombardment. I'm watching it on TV and noted the important points of his statements as follows:

  1. Curse with hard to the terrorist who do bombardment.
  2. President give command to the police and law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and judge all terrorist who do the bombardment with firmly and without hesitation.
  3. Expressed deep sorrow to all the victims.
  4. President said that he got some input that this bombardment have relations to the election, but he does not want to speculate before the evidence has been reveal.
  5. President said that based on intelligence reports, there are terrorist groups that are doing the shoot exercise with the target to shoot himself. He said this statement with showing intelligence photographs as evidence. One photo shows the target in the shoot exercise has using his photograph as the object with a hole right on his cheek. "This is not rumor or issues, this was intelligence reports" he said with firmly.

As I read through the ANTARA News website, Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (largest Islamic organization in Indonesia) said "Terrorism is not a religion and so it is not correct to say Muslims were the mastermind of the bombings". Yes, I agree with him that this is NOT related to particular religion. This is the responsibility of individual actors who has done these terror. Some people said that applying the death sentence is the best solution for reducing terrorist act. But I think they are not afraid for death, right?


  1. Whoever the perpetrators are and whatever their goals may be, the result of their crime is that once more there are casualties ( over 60 this time) and that the Indonesian people will indirectly be hit hardest by reduced foreign investments and reduced tourism.

    They can be proud of themselves, the xenophobic bastards.

  2. Yes I saw this n CNN this afternoon. I thought of you and your family.

    The terrorists are cowards.

  3. Colson - However, the bombing cases would be more than the bombardment itself, including as you say, the effect on investor, tourism, stock exchange index, etc. One that is clear that Manchester United has canceled their trip to Indonesia.
    Let pray and hope for everything will going well. My biggest worries is when the presidential inauguration ceremony. How with you?

    Amrita - Thank you very much for your attention. We are OK, may be because I'm and family not living in Jakarta. Perhaps I should more carefully.

  4. semoga ini semua tidak terjadi lagi di tahun mendatang, dan semoga indonesia menjadi negara yang aman dan damai seperti ketika aku kecil dulu

  5. rummuser18/7/09

    They are not afraid of death because, they have been brain washed by fanatics who stay behind the scenes and pull strings. We have proof that it happened so in India. The terrorists were all under the influence of some kind of drugs also.

    All Muslims are certainly not terrorists, but many people now are beginning to ask why is it that almost all terrorists in today's world are Muslims.

    Islamobphobia is the single largest stereotyping that is now taking place in the world. Sad, but true.

  6. I hope that similar events do not occur again in the future. This is a jolt for all of us, not only for Indonesia, but for everyone in the world.

  7. They are such freaky people..coward..idiot..i don't know what else should i label on them..whoever behind this disastrous incident, they want do destabilized our nation, to divide our people and to spread insecurity among the people.
    I pray such incident will never happen in the future...

    @Rummuser: "All Muslims are certainly not terrorists, but many people now are beginning to ask why is it that almost all terrorists in today's world are Muslims.

    Islamobphobia is the single largest stereotyping that is now taking place in the world. Sad, but true."

    Indeed, some segment this kind of idea is been spread among the muslim, i might say they were created to raise war against each other and to spread division within the muslim ummah, and above all to create negative stereotype on muslim. You must have hear about the global confrontation that would happen in the future "the west and the rest" which was written by Samuel Huntington in his book Clash of Civilization. But this just exaggerated prediction..i think every religion in this world teach their people to live in peace where ever they live and not in confrontation.

  8. Mama Hilda, thank you for your response. Yes, I have read Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilisations and partly agree and partly disagree with his observations.

    I tried to see what sort of a blog you have up and am disapointed as it is all in Indonesian and nothing in English.

    Please feel free to visit my blog and leave comments if you desire so. I would really appreciate it.

  9. Nyegik - Mari kita menanamkan rasa cinta damai pada anak-anak kita.

    Rummuser - May be you are right! that terrorists were under the influence of some kind of drugs. I have also guessed that they have been under control of hypnotic.

    Seno - You are right!

    Mama Hilda - I already gave a label like what I said in the next post.
    You will find interesting post about terrorism in India and also many good articles at Rummuser's blog. Let's visit him.

  10. It's unbelievable that people can be so evil by killing themselves and some innocent people.

  11. Harry Nizam - Yes, unbelievable, but that's the fact. According to you why they are able to do that?
    Maniac? False doctrine?

    or like Rummuser said at above:
    "brain washed by fanatics and/or under the influence of some kind of drugs?"

  12. Anonymous15/12/09

    Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
    anyhow thanks for the good read!

  13. Anonymous - No, I'm a business professional. Thank you.

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