Friday, 17 July 2009

Manchester United's luxury hotel attacked by terrorists

Manchester United's Indonesion tour has been cancelled. They were due to play an Indonesia Super League XI on July 20 on the first leg of their Far East tour. They arrived this morning to hear of a terrorist attack and the following statement was given:

'Following the explosions in Jakarta - one of which was at the hotel the team were due to stay in - and based on advice received, the directors have informed the Indonesian FA that the club cannot fulfil the fixture in Jakarta on the 2009 Asia tour,'

Two luxury hotels, the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton were targeted followed by a car bomb on a toll road North of Jakarta. The Manchester United team was due to stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton tomorrow night.

At least 12 were killed and more than 50 injured. The Al Qaeda linked Jemmiah Islamiah, who were responsible for the Bali bombings in 2001, is believed to be behind the attack although they have not yet claimed responsibility.

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