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Jakarta Marriott Hotel Re-Opens 1 Month after Bomb Attack - 2003-09-08


The J.W. Marriott Hotel in the Indonesian capital Jakarta has re-opened, a little more than one month after a terrorist killed 12 people when he detonated a car bomb outside the hotel's restaurant.

The August 5 bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in the heart of Jakarta reminded Indonesians just how serious the terrorism problem is in their country.

The re-opening marks a small step toward normality, but the heavy security is an indication of how life has changed.

"The driveway itself is no longer accessible for cars, so basically the drop-off zone was changed from the lobby level to the street level, and we have also changed the path through for the car checks," said Andreas Kohn, marketing director for the hotel.

Most other major public buildings in Jakarta have taken similar security measures.

Officials believe the hotel was targeted because it is American-managed, and has been used for U.S. embassy functions in the past.

The bomber died in the blast, and police are hunting for the men who made the bomb. Police suspect the bombers are members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional terrorist network with links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida group.

Three other alleged members of the terrorist group have been sentenced to prison. Two were given 15-year sentences and the third got a 16-year sentence after they were found guilty of robbery and funding terrorism.

The court found they were guilty of robbing a gold shop to raise money for last October's attack on the tourist island of Bali, which killed 202 people, most of them young western tourists.

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