Jakarta Explosions & Gunfire

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Yesterday, there was a suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul and today there is gunfire/explosions killing innocent people in the Thamrin area of central Jakarta.

Indonesia Bombings

In 2002, there was the Bali bombings in the popular tourist island that killed 202 (have seen the memorial) and 2009 there were simultaneous attacks against the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in the Jakarta that also killed several people.

Here’s what CNN is reporting right now (access here):

At least six people were killed after armed men carried out a series of apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks in the heart of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Four attackers were also killed, police said.

There have so far been no claims of responsibility, but one analyst likened the timed attacks to the Paris massacre where ISIS struck several locations at the same time.

Among the victims was one police officer and a foreign national, CNN Indonesia reported.

Budi Gunawan, deputy chief of Indonesian National Police, told reporters that 10 others, including another foreigner, were injured.

Conclusion

I went to Jakarta first time after some of the bombings and friends were telling me that I am crazy. I am back in Jakarta and Bali at the end of this month for 10 days or so.

Seems that the explosions took place less than a kilometer from the very popular Grand & Plaza Indonesia shopping centers and there are several very popular hotels on the same circle: Grand Hyatt, Kempinski, Pullman, Keraton, and the Mandarin Oriental. I have stayed at all the other hotels besides the Mandarin.

The security going to the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that were hit previously is quite strict and I have written about this previously here on LoyaltyLobby.

Let’s hope that this is not a new start for the violent attacks against the locals and popular spots frequented by the tourists/expats or Indonesia will never see the tourists inflows it has been hoping for.

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