Incident Summary:

08/05/2003: A suicide bomber suspected of belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detonated a car bomb in front of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. The powerful bomb gutted the hotel’s lobby and bottom floors. Fourteen people were killed and 149 others were injured in the explosion. Although no group claimed responsibility for the bombing, the attack came two days before a Bali court was expected to issue its first verdict against those charged with the Bali bombings that occurred on October 12, 2002.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jakarta (Special Capital Region)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity JW Marriott Hotel
Specific Description The JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The explosives were hidden in a Toyota Kijang an Indonesian-built minivan.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) had threatened retaliation if any of the three dozen suspects on trial for the 2002 Bali bombings were executed. Four days earlier Indonesian President Megawati stated a need to destroy terrorist networks operating in Indonesia.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jemaah Islamiya (JI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 149 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 149
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ellen Nakashima, “Lethal Blast Hits Jakarta Hotel,” Washington Post, August 6, 2003.
John Burton, Anna Fifield, and Taufan Hidayat, “New fears over Islamic terrorism as Indonesian bombing kills 14,” Financial Times, August 6, 2003.
Dan Murphy, “Indonesia car bomb echoes Bali,” Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2003.