The blasts occurred at the high-rise J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, located side-by-side in an upscale business district in Jakarta.
Police claim that the bombers posed as guests in the American hotels and set off a pair of blasts Friday after evading hotel security. They apparently smuggled explosives into the Marriott and assembled the bombs in a room on the 18th floor, where an undetonated device was found after the explosions.
“They had been using the room as their command post since July 15, and today they were supposed to check out,” police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said.
Security Minister Widodo Adi Sucipto told reporters the explosions happened at 7:45 a.m. and 7:47 a.m. (0045 and 0047 GMT, 8:45 p.m. and 8:47 p.m. EDT) and that “high explosives were used.”
Members of the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group are suspected being involved in the bombing.
The following is an embedded video supplied by Fox News of a bomb blast as it occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia:
1) “Bombers Posing as Guests Assembled Explosives in Jakarta Hotel Room.” FoxNews.com. 17 Jul 2009, 17:35 UTC. 17 Jul 2009 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,533566,00.html
2) “Hotel Horror.” Video. FoxNews.com. 17 Jul 2009, 17:35 UTC. 17 Jul 2009 http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=6994439&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,533566,00.html
3) “Jakarta Luxury Hotel Blast.” Photos. FoxNews.com. 17 Jul 2009, 17:35 UTC. 17 Jul 2009 http://www.foxnews.com/photoessay/0,4644,7663,00.html#6_0