Spain condemns Jakarta bombings

18th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain condemned Friday's bombings at two hotels in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and injured dozens, saying the attack showed the need to step up the fight against terrorism.

Madrid - Spain condemned Friday's bombings at two hotels in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and injured dozens, saying the attack showed the need to step up the fight against terrorism.

"The government of Spain expresses its firm condemnation of the terrorist attacks which were carried out today in Jakarta," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The loss of human life and the enormous damage caused should serve to reaffirm the conviction that it is necessary to fight against terrorism with all our energy and greater determination."

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government reiterates its availability to cooperate with Indonesia "to put an end to the threat to peace and coexistence which any form of terrorism represents", the statement added.

Two suspected suicide bombers set off the blasts which tore through the Ritz-Carlton and nearby JW Marriott hotels and injured more than 40 people in the Indonesian capital.

Spain has faced attacks by the armed Basque separatist group ETA and Islamic militants in recent years. ETA is blamed for over 820 deaths in its 40-year campaign of bombings and shootings for an independent Basque homeland.

In March 2004, Islamic militants angered over Spain's role in the US-led war in Iraq set off bombs in three commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people.

AFP / Expatica

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