Terrorism

Hotels Hit in Jakarta Blast

A pair of explosions hit the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in Jakarta on Friday just after 8 a.m. local time, killing nine and blowing out the windows of one hotel and leaving ambulances to pick up foreigners and locals from the city's business district. Both hotels are popular with Western businesspeople. South Jakarta's police chief said, "There were explosions heard from two separate places, one the JW Marriott, the other in the Ritz-Carlton." Witnesses say foreigners and Indonesians are being treated by ambulances; an Associated Press reporter says he saw three injured taken away from the Ritz. The blasts come two weeks after Indonesia's presidential election; a terrorist attack at the same Marriott in 2003 left 12 dead.