Explosions Rock 2 Hotels in Indonesia; 8 Dead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2009 8:49 PM CDT
A security guard inspects the damage after an explosion at the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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(Newser) – A pair of powerful bombs exploded at two luxury hotels in an upscale Jakarta business district, killing 8 and wounding at least 50, officials said. The blasts at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels blew out windows and scattered debris and glass across the street. Both hotels are strong draws for foreigners. No group has claimed responsibility  for the bombings, Indonesia's first terror major attack in three years.

A man 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. The Manchester United football team was scheduled to stay at the Ritz on Saturday and Sunday nights for a friendly match against the Indonesian All Stars.