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'There was a huge explosion'

At least nine people have been killed and dozens injured by bombs at two luxury hotels - the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott - in Indonesia's capital Jakarta. Here witnesses tell the BBC what they saw.

PETER TUOMEY, JW MARRIOTT

There were people wandering out of the Marriott at that stage, I guess walking wounded would be the best way to describe them. These were people who were, you know, dust-covered, had cuts all over their body, you know, torn clothing. I saw maybe five or six people of that nature just wandering down and just sitting on the kerb at the side of the road.

GEOFFREY HEAD, 23rd FLOOR RITZ-CARLTON
Exterior of Ritz-Carlton hotel. Photo: Geoffrey Head
Businessman Geoffrey Head took this photo of the Ritz-Carlton

The first I knew about it was when some colleagues in the country actually gave me a phone call to tell me to get the hell out of the hotel. So I tried calling up reception, there was no answer.

Then I noticed the TV wasn't working. So I looked out of the window and saw, I could see down to ground level and I saw there was a lot of broken glass. So I thought it was time to actually get out. There was no evacuation warning or anything.

I guess the surreal thing was going down in the elevator and walking through the lobby and looking across to my left and noticing the actual cafe was completely blown out.


GREG WOLLSTONECRAFT, AUSTRALIAN LIVING IN JAKARTA

I had just been out exercising and I just walked past the Marriott and the Ritz prior to heading back to my apartment about 70 metres away from both locations.

FROM BBC WORLD SERVICE

And I just got back to my room and there was this huge explosion and I looked out of the window and I saw a big plume of smoke, black and brown smoke coming from the direction of the Marriott. Because I work for a local, national television network in Indonesia, AMTV, I actually grabbed my iPhone and just nipped downstairs to see if I could get a couple of shots of what it was.

As I got downstairs there was another massive explosion at the Ritz-Carlton and so I headed over to the Ritz-Carlton and there was still smoke clearing out of, billowing out of both sides of the Ritz-Carlton and it appeared that the bomb had actually been in what's called the Airlanga restaurant area.



DERRICK McCLURE, CANADIAN LIVING IN JAKARTA

I heard the two explosions this morning, one around 0755 and one a few minutes later. I live 300 metres or so from the Marriott. The area always has a heavy police presence, there were even more when I left the area at 0815.


This is the hotel that the Man U team are supposed to stay at this weekend for the match on Monday, if it is cancelled because of this it will be a major coup for the attackers.

The insurance company in charge of the hotels is saying now that the explosions are accidents, seems hard to believe.



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