Incident Summary:

09/09/2004: Nine people and at least one suicide bomber were killed when a large car bomb detonated outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. 180 others were injured by the blast. Authorities blamed the blast on the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). The blast shattered the windows in seven nearby buildings and left a large crater in the pavement.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jakarta (Capital City District)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Australian Foreign Ministry
Specific Description Australian Embassy in Jakarta
Nationality of Target Australia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Authorities found traces of TNT and sulfate at the scene.
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 Authorities found traces of TNT and sulfate at the scene, the same materials that were used in the Marriott Hotel bombing in October 2002 and the Bali nightclub bombings.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jemaah Islamiya (JI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 182 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 182
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Nine dead in bomb attack on Australian embassy in Jakarta,” Agence France Presse, September 9, 2004.
“Embassy Blast in Indonesia Kills 3; No one inside the fortified Australian mission is hurt, a spokeswoman says. Outside, more than 80 people are wounded,” Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2004.
“Australian Embassy in Indonesia Bombed,” New York Times, September 9, 2004.