Police officials say their early investigation suggests that Jemaah Islamiyah
is to blame for the bombing at the J.W. Marriot hotel.
Detectives on Friday said two J.I. suspects already in custody claimed that
the man who may have driven a bomb-laden van to the hotel was someone they
The man died in the blast, and his severed head was found in the rubble.
The police have identified him as Asmar Latin Sani.
J.I. is a regional terror ring linked to the al-Qaida network. Police say
they will not know for certain it carried out the hotel attack until they can
The bomb tore through the lobby of the hotel Tuesday, blowing out windows,
setting fires and destroying cars parked outside. At least 10 people were killed
and more than 100 injured. All but one of those killed were Indonesian.
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri said Friday that international efforts
to combat terrorism are not working.
"Regional plans of action to tackle such problems have long been established
as part and parcel of Asian functional cooperation," the president said. "But
suddenly these appear to be inadequate in the face of the like terrorist attacks,
in the United States, in Bali and just a few days ago at the Marriott hotel
Without mentioning J.I., the president called for an international effort
to fight the threat of terror.
"It became clear that no single country could overcome this threat alone," she
said. "The Indonesian view shared with the rest of the Asian members, it would
take a global coalition involving all nations, all societies, religions and
cultures to defeat this threat."
Police say J.I. carried out last October's Bali bombing, which killed 202
people. Within hours after the hotel blast, police began to point out similarities
with the Bali attack.
The car bombs used in both were packed with the same type of explosives,
triggered by a cell phone.
Also on Friday, the first man convicted in the Bali case signed a document
authorizing his lawyers to appeal his sentence. Amrozi bin Nurhaysim was sentenced
to death Thursday after being convicted of buying the materials and the van
used to build the car bomb in Bali.