Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hyatt Hotel In Amman, Jordan Is Bombed

Some "disaffected youth" set off a bomb in the hotel lobby:

AMMAN, Jordan - An explosion shook the Grand Hyatt hotel in Jordan's capital late Wednesday, and witnesses saw smoke rising from the building. A police official said some people had been killed, "and there are many wounded."

An American businessman who was at the hotel when the explosion occurred, said a "bomb that went off in the lobby." He declined to identify himself.

Police said the cause of the explosion was unknown.

A black cloud of smoke was seen rising from the building in the commercial Jebel Amman district following the blast at about 8:50 p.m. (1:50 p.m. EST).

Ambulances were seen rushing to the hotel.

Government officials are searching the wreckage for the root cause, but it is nowhere to be found, apparently.