And of course it was Jemmah Islamia....
All over this ya rats!!
Of course! Within hours it has the HALLMARKS of JI who allegedly perpetrated the 2002 & 2005 Bali Bombings.
Bloomberg LIVE Coverage - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzHLmdiBDfw
Australian's fateful business breakfast
AUSTRALIAN businessman Nathan Verity was attending a high-level business breakfast at the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta when he was killed in yesterday's bomb blast. Ominously, his dining companion was Canberra's top trade official in Jakarta, Craig Senger, who has not made contact with relatives since the explosion.
A third Australian, understood to have been a guest at the breakfast, is also missing. The fact that Mr Verity, 38, a West Australian who ran a human resources company in Jakarta, was at the breakfast, arranged by an Indonesian consultancy firm, Castle Asia, was no surprise to those who knew him.
He was passionate about doing business in Indonesia, and about hiring Indonesians, as well as expatriate workers.
He is the father of a young boy. He and wife Vanessa spent regular time in their home state of Western Australia, where family were grieving yesterday. Mr Verity's uncle Geoff Lazarus said: "I would like to say that I'm gobsmacked that Australian security officials would allow trade and embassy officials to go to these five-star hotels that are known terrorist targets."
Mr Senger was apparently not on the official invitation list for the breakfast, but is believed to have been seen there. His wife, Kate, was last night sheltering at the Australian embassy, waiting for news.
His mother, Joan, who lives in Canberra, was distraught as she waited anxiously for news regarding her son.
Mr Senger had been living in Jakarta for 18 months. Joan Senger said it had been an extremely difficult time, after her husband died suddenly following a brief illness six weeks ago.
"We've been through hell," she said, with tears welling. "It's a lot to take in."
Mrs Senger was being comforted by her daughter, Mr Senger's sister Cate, at her home in the Canberra suburb of Deakin. Mr Senger's university friend Harry Eeman described the Austrade official as a "real go-getter" with a passion for skiing and rugby union.
"He's always full of positive energy, he's enthusiastic about life and loves his job," Mr Eeman said. "He is a genuinely all-round Aussie bloke, dependable and an absolutely wonderful friend."
Mr Senger is a popular and talented member of the local expat football team, known as the Jakarta Bintangs, after the beer. Mr Senger, who studied arts and politics, was always keen to get involved in foreign affairs and Indonesia was his first posting. Mr Verity's father, Peter, who lives in Western Australia, was planning to fly to Jakarta to bring his son's body home.
"It was some of his friends in Jakarta who went around the hospitals and found him," Mr Verity said. "He's got a little boy. He's dead. What do you want me to say?"
Mr Verity's staff in Indonesia confirmed he had been at one of the hotels, and was killed there, but could not speak further.
"It's true," said his personal assistant, Tari.
Mr Verity was previously an industrial advocate in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the West Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He was a member of the Indonesia Australia Business Council, which regularly holds functions at the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
His body was identified by a long-time friend, Duncan McDonald, a graduate of Bond University, who is founder of the insurance company dMAC Asia Group and has worked in Indonesia for 14 years. Mr McDonald was clearly shattered at having to declare his friend dead. After the last Jakarta bombing in 2004, Mr McDonald said many businesses were packing up in Indonesia in favour of China, which was considered safer.
'The waverers have long since left, and we are left with the hard core," he said.
Mr Verity was passionate about bringing Indonesians into the burgeoning expat businesses, telling a business breakfast in 2007, "not to rely solely on expats, who may not have an equal grasp of how things are done".
"There is a rapidly increasing number of talented, well-educated Indonesian staff available," Mr Verity said.
Other Australians injured in the blasts include Scott Merrillees, who works for the ANZ Bank. He was at the Marriott when the bomb exploded, and was treated for cuts and what the bank described as "other non-life threatening injuries" in a Jakarta hospital.
Mr Merrillees, 47, is a graduate of economics and commerce from the University of Melbourne, where he completed a major in Indonesian studies. He has worked in Australia, Japan and Indonesia, in accounting, commercial banking and stockbroking. He is the author of the lavish coffee-table book, Batavia (the ancient name for Jakarta) that sells on Amazon for more than $250.
According to his book biography, Mr Merrillees's interest in using early photographs to discover the 19th-century topography of major cities dates back to his teenage years growing up in Melbourne.
He is married to Theresia and the couple have two children, Maxi and Nicole. ANZ had several key executives in Jakarta when the bomb exploded. On July 15, the bank announced the expansion of its Indonesian banking network, opening an eighth branch in Semarang, central Java. Also injured in the blasts was Noke Kiroyan, 63, an Indonesian business leader with close ties to Australia. Some of his family members still live in Melbourne.
A former head of Rio Tinto Indonesia, Mr Kiroyan was at the Marriott when the blast occurred. The 63-year-old was lucky to escape with minor injuries.
"He was sitting behind this huge pillar so he was shielded from the blast," his 31-year-old daughter, who lives in Melbourne, told The Weekend Australian last night. "Those who were beside him passed away."
Mr Kiroyan is a former president of the Indonesia-Australia Business Council.
He sat on the three-member APEC Business Advisory Council, appointed by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono, to advise on how best to operate in the Asia-Pacific forum. Mr Kiroyan visited Sydney for the APEC forum in 2007, and he explored a free trade agreement with former prime minister John Howard.
He deplored the bombing of Jakarta in 2004, saying: "Any kind of violence, especially bombing, is detrimental to business."
Also killed yesterday was Tim Mackay, the New Zealand-born president director of PT Holcim (Lanka) Ltd.
A company spokesman confirmed his death.
Mr Mackay had been president director of the company since May 2004. A master mariner, he earned an MBA from Massey University in New Zealand.
Additional reporting: Debbie Guest, Natasha Robinson
Govt 'working to confirm' Aussie deaths
The federal government was working on Friday night to confirm the identities of three Australians believed to have been killed in the Indonesian terrorist hotel blasts. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told a press conference he had grave concerns for one embassy official and two other Australians in Jakarta.
Perth businessman Nathan Verity is believed to be one of the Australians killed in the bombings, which Mr Rudd described as "appalling".
Jim Truscott, a personal friend, said Mr Verity had run a human resources and recruitment business out of Jakarta, but lived in Perth with his wife Vanessa and five-year-old son.
"He only lived in Jakarta for work. He would spend a couple of weeks in Jakarta and couple of weeks in Perth," Mr Truscott told Fairfax Radio.
"His home base was Perth."
Mr Truscott said Mr Verity's body had been found amid the rubble of one of the bomb blasts that struck the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta's upmarket Mega Kuningan business district about 8am local time (1100 AEST).
"We don't know at all exactly (how he died) other than his body's intact and he must have been killed by a blast," Mr Truscott said.
Austrade official Craig Senger is also believed to be among the dead. The overall death toll in the Indonesian capital currently stands at least eight, with 42 injured, 13 of whom are foreigners. Mr Rudd confirmed the principle area of damage was the hotels' restaurants and warned the death and injury toll could rise further.
"I have grave concerns for three Australians and await further information and confirmation before making further information public," Mr Rudd told reporters in Sydney on Friday night.
"I believe that is the responsible thing to do.
"Because this is such a difficult time for many Australian families I don't believe that would be responsible until all proper processes have been gone through between Australian and Indonesian officials.""Australian Federal Police are providing assistance to investigators in Jakarta," Mr Rudd added.
Australian hospitals have also been told to reserve space for victims if the need arises.
The prime minister said there was no further evidence available on Friday night as to who was responsible for the bombings. He said Australian intelligence agencies had also offered no advice about the culprits.
"I do not propose to speculate further on who is responsible. It is not proper to do so in the absence of further direct advice and information.
"I've also received a communication from the president of Indonesia today welcoming Australia's message of sympathy and support as a result of these horrific bombings as well as a message fron the president expressing his appreciation of our offers of Australian government support.
"This is a very, very tough time for many Australian families tonight and many families in Indonesia.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to them tonight at this most trying of times."
Earlier on Friday, Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull expressed sympathy to the victims of the Jakarta hotel blasts, which he described as a "vicious assault" on the values of free societies.
Among the dead is New Zealander Timothy David Mackay.
Mr Turnbull offered his sympathies to the families of those killed in the explosions, which have come just over a week after Indonesia's presidential elections.
"Indonesia is a new and flourishing democracy, the world's most populous Muslim nation, and one of Australia's most important neighbours," he said in a statement.
"The recent re-election of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signified an explicit repudiation by the people of Indonesia of those who stand for religious intolerance and violent extremism.
"Tragically, today's bombings indicate there are those who remain unwilling to accept the desire of the Indonesian people for a free, open and tolerant society."
Authorities haven't yet suggested who might be behind the bombings. There are some suggestions the explosions are connected to dissatisfaction with the recent presidential elections.Mr Turnbull said the attacks were a reminder that there was still much work to be done on terrorism.
"The federal opposition will support the Australian government wholeheartedly in providing whatever assistance may be necessary to help Indonesia deal with these latest attacks," he said.