Jakarta: terror targets business confab

Nine people were killed in explosions at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in Jakarta July 17. Some of the victims were attending an Indonesian business forum held at the Marriott. Timothy Mackay, CEO of Holcim Indonesia, local unit of Swiss cement maker Holcim Ltd, was killed. Noke Kiroyan, a former chairman of Rio Tinto‘s Indonesian operations, was hospitalized. Also injured was James Castle, founder of forum host CastleAsia. No group claimed responsibility, but authorities suspect Jemaah Islamiyah, which attacked the Marriott in 2003. (Jakarta Globe, China Daily, WSJ, July 17)

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  1. Blow against Jemaah Islamiyah?
    From AP, Aug. 8:

    The Indonesian police raided two houses on Saturday, killing two people suspected of being militants, arresting five others and seizing a car bomb and other explosives, a senior officer said.

    The developments appeared to be the first major break in an investigation into the attacks on two American hotels in central Jakarta last month, which killed nine people. Local media reported that among those arrested or killed was Noordin Muhammad Top, accused of masterminding the attacks.