Jakarta police say they anticipated Marriott bombing

It’s hard to believe. They knew it was coming, they knew the Marriott was on the JI hit list, they took “precautions” and it didn’t matter a bit.

Police on Wednesday said they seized documents last month showing that terrorists had planned to target the area around Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel that was devastated by a powerful car bomb, and that they had increased security around Marriott thereafter, anticipating an attack.

The revelations came as the Australian government said intelligence showed more attacks across Indonesia, particularly in its capital, were likely in coming days.

The intelligence also indicates Jakarta could be in for more such attacks over the next few days.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

I haven’t been to Indonesia in the past 2 months so don’t know what security steps were implemented at the Marriott. I know that the Shangri La (which is a prime target due to its infamous bar) checks the trunk, interior and undercarriage of all vehicles before permitting them to approach the hotel.

It seems doubtful the Marriott followed that example.

August 6, 2003 @ 11:23 am | Comment

THAT’S BULLSHIT – Jkt police doing stuff to prevent this?

August 7, 2003 @ 12:07 pm | Comment

Indonesia: Marriott Hotel bombing

I am presuming that the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta is by the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyya. (Presume because

August 9, 2003 @ 5:56 am | Comment

Complaint against fraud staying in jakarta.

January 30, 2006 @ 7:38 am | Comment

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