"Up to now, six people were killed, and tens of others were injured, but the number of the victims might change as identification process is still going on," Senior Commissioner Chysnanda, a spokesman of the Jakarta police, said, according to Antara.The same Marriott hotel hit today was also the site of a car bombing in 2003 that killed 13. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack several days later. No word yet on who was behind the attack today.
It quotes a witness as saying he saw four foreigners among the wounded.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel was to have accommodated soccer players from Manchester United of Britain, who are expected to arrive Saturday in Jakarta.
The victims were taken to nearby MMC Hospital and Jakarta Hospital, the agency reported.
Police sealed off the area around both blasts, one of which occurred in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the other at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, about 50 meters away, about 7:50 a.m. (8:50 p.m. Thursday ET).
"There was a boom and the building shook, and then subsequently two more," said hotel guest Don Hammer, who was leaving his room in the Marriott when the blast occurred.
"The shocking part was entering the lobby, where the glass at the front of the hotel was all blown out and blood was spattered across the floor, but most people were leaving calmly."
Hopefully tomorrow will bring some answers.