Three major hotels were hit by a series of explosions in the Jordanian capital of Amman Wednesday, killing at least 53 people.
The three explosions rocked the three five-star hotels of GrandHyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn in the commercial Jebel Amman district within minutes at 9:00 p.m. (1900 GMT). All the hotels are located in the commercial Jabal Amman district and are frequented by Western business travellers and diplomats.
The explosion at the Radisson, ripped through a banqueting room where about 250 people were attending a wedding reception. The hotel is known to be popular with Israeli tourists.
Police said the explosions appeared coordinated and may have been an operation of suicide bombers.
The attacks bore the trademarks of the al-Qaida terror network, which has waged similar attack against high-profile targets in the past, police said, adding investigation is underway. The hotels are frequented by foreign tourists and diplomats, police said, warning of possible higher casualties.
It was reported that Jordanian police sealed off many streets and threw security cordons around embassies and hotels in the capital while units of special forces carried out search operations in buildings nearby the blasts-hit hotels. He added that police had arrested several people at the scene of the Radisson hotel explosion.
Abu Hilala said police were also on the lookout for a car with Iraqi license plates. And added “Journalists were driven away and police confiscated their tapes as a security measure”.
Aljazeera’s reporter claimed that Jordan had recently received warnings of possible terrorist attacks.
Jordan’s King Abdullah condemned the attacks as “terrorist acts”.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Wednesday’s blasts.