Jakarta Bombing

Suspects Checked into Hotel

The two men suspected of killing eight and injuring 53 in Jakarta suicide bombings on Friday checked into one of the two targeted hotels two days before the attacks in order to evade hotel security. The men assembled the explosives in their room, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two targeted hotels, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriot, are symbols of the country's newly found economic strength. Economic optimism for South Asia’s largest country was the highest it’s been in a decade prior to Friday's attacks, which killed some top Western and Indonesian businessmen present at the Ritz Carlton for an 8 a.m. breakfast meeting. The U.S. dollar hit its highest level against Indonesian rupiah in about three weeks on Friday and Australia's foreign ministry dissuaded citizens from traveling to the country, releasing a statement saying the government continues “to receive credible information that terrorists could be planning attacks in Indonesia and that Bali remains an attractive target for terrorists.”