Friday, July 17, 2009

Bombings Were Terrorist Act, Says President

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Friday morning's bombings at the JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton Hotels were likely the work of a terrorist group.
"I condemn this bombing incident and I am certain it was done by a small number of people who do not care about the country's image and future," he said in a televised speech early Friday afternoon. He added that he was certain the perpetrators would be caught and punished.
Speaking a week and a half after a presidential election that he appears to have won by a wide margin, the president asked the public to not speculate about motives behind the attacks.
"We must not speculate whether the bombing is related to the election. All theories and speculations must be proven by law," he said.
However, Yudhoyono showed photos he said he had received from national intelligence sources that appeared to show militants targeting photos of him.
"There was a terrorist group that did shooting practice with my picture as the target," he said. The photos showed a masked man aiming at a target and a picture of himself with a bullet hole in the right cheek.