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Bombed hotels in Jakarta to reopen today

29 July 2009 by
Bombed hotels in Jakarta to reopen today

The two luxury Jakarta hotels attacked by suicide bombers earlier this month will re-open today (Wednesday), staff confirmed.

The 17 July attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton left nine dead and 53 injured, including Indonesians and foreigners at the blast in the Indonesian capital.

The Ritz-Carlton already has guests booked to stay on Wednesday night, said hotel spokeswoman Els Ramadhinta.

"We have reviewed everything from the incident and made some adjustments but I can't disclose what the changes are. Hopefully we will get some more bookings soon," she told Reuters news service.

The JW Marriott, which is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton, will also open on today.

"We have guests booked for tonight and we also have quite a few future bookings," said spokeswoman Ina Ilmiaviatta.

Police have yet to identify the perpetrators but suspect Malaysian-born fugitive Noordin Top, who heads a splinter faction of the radical Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah, may have helped plan the attacks.

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By Gemma Sharkey

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