August 05, 2003


Four people are reported dead in a Jakarta hotel explosion. No details yet on the cause.

UPDATE. The toll is now put at ten dead and 103 injured. A suicide bombing is suspected, although other reports claim the cause was a car bomb. I suppose itís possible that it could be both.

LATEST. An Australian, an American, and a Malaysian are among the dead:

National police spokesman Zainury Lubis has confirmed the death toll for the Jakarta blast is 10 - including one Australian.

One American and one Malaysian, as well as seven others, were killed in the blast. No identities or further details were released.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 5, 2003 05:39 PM

No details yet on the cause.

Spontaneous combustion?

Posted by: Mork at August 5, 2003 at 06:27 PM

Islam's quest for peace has racked up a few more I see.

Posted by: FirstIraqThenChirac at August 5, 2003 at 07:53 PM

Great to see we're winning the war on terrorism.

Posted by: Royston at August 5, 2003 at 11:16 PM

Yes, as a matter of fact the War on Terrorism seems to be going fairly well in Australia (And the WEST in general).

As you may or may not know, Royston, Australia's intelligence agencies, federal police, and other assorted anti-terrorist units work to protect AUSTRALIA from terrorist attack/s, not INDONESIA.

Hopefully Indonesia (and indeed, all of the SOuth-East Asian region) will have better luck in the future. Still, snuffing out the cowards who were behind Bali and those Taliban wannabees in Jemah Islamia (spelling?) isn't a bad start...

Go Indoensia!

Posted by: Richard at August 5, 2003 at 11:38 PM

know you know we've brought this on's all our fault

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 6, 2003 at 12:00 AM

No it's not our fault. They hate us for our freedom and because we're good. We can't blame ourselves.

Posted by: Royston at August 6, 2003 at 12:29 AM

Wait a minute. Am I to understand that doing nothing to stop terror groups from operating from within your country and then appeasing them... doesn't work???

Ye Gods, what sort of world is this, where nothing makes any sense?

Posted by: D at August 6, 2003 at 12:31 AM


I am sure this is the West's fault. Rex? Rex?

Posted by: JEM at August 6, 2003 at 03:32 AM