Top story: Twin suicide bombers attacked the Ritz-Carlton and Marriot hotels in Jakarta this morning. At least nine people were killed, including the attackers, and 50 were injured. The attacks ended nearly four years of calm in the Indonesian capital and are a bad blow to the country's image coming shortly after presidential elections that were widely viewed as a sign of democratic progress and growing stability.
No group has yet claimed credit for the attack but attention is sure to focus on the militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings which killed over 200 people. An Australian think tank report released just a day before the bombing warned that the risk of terrorist attack in Indonesia was increased by the relase of JI members from prison and tensions in the group's leadership.
President Susilo Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said it is too early to assume that JI is responsible, but vowed that "Those who carried out this attack and those who planned it will be arrested and tried according to the law."
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