At 7:45 am on July 15, 2009, bombers attacked the J. W. Marriott and Four Seasons hotels in Jakarta. According to the Jakarta Police Chief, the attackers used room 1808 of the Marriott to assemble explosives before killing eight in the largest jihadi attack in Indonesia in five years. The attack was followed a week later by mass arrests of alleged jihadists and jihadi conspirators. Although their establishment is uncorroborated by al-Qaeda leaders, an organization calling itself “Tandzim Al Qo'idah Indonesia” (al-Qaeda in Indonesia) claimed responsibility for the attacks in an Indonesian-language communiqué posted online on July 26, 2009.

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