HotelChatter reports that Marriott Hotels has released a statement about the incidents saying the hotels did sustain damages but it "does not appear to be structural" and that "injured guests and hotel employees were taken to the hospital for treatment" and relocated to different hotels.
Marriott has been keeping everyone posted on the latest news via their Twitter feed. The Ritz-Carlton CEO Simon Cooper seemed to be tweeting the same things as the story developed, as did the Ritz-Carlton PR Twitter.
No terrorist group has publicly claimed responsibility for the attack but the NY Times reports that the Jemaah Islamiyah group with ties to Al Qaeda is strongly suspected. The group performed a similar attack on the same Marriott hotel back in 2003.
This is not the first time a Marriott hotel has been the site of a deadly bomb blast. Last September, a truck bomb exploded at the security entrance to the Marriott Islamabad Hotel, killing 40 people.
The photo above comes via a guest at the Ritz-Carlton, who tweeted his experience as it was happening.
[Photo via BreakingTweets]
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