Explosions Rock Jordanian Capital, Amman

Three explosions hit Jordanian capital Amman Wednesday night; one in Radisson SAS, the second in Hyatt Amman, and the third in Days Inn.

For more on the explosions occuring in Amman:
Aggregated news feeds from Jordanian blogosphere community, Jordan Planet; AP ; Flickr; MSM RSS; Technorati posts tagged with “Amman Explosions”

Up-to-date Jordanian bloggers reaction:

Random Consistent Ideas, Arab Chatter, Tololy's Box, SHIFAA, Whats up in Jordan?, I Heart Amman, mozzy's blog, 360east | Ahmad Humeid's blog and podcast, Thoughts that Echo, Into the Wind, Isam Bayazidi's Blog, jameed.net,Reega Reega Hareega, Sugar Cubes, Mental mayhem, And far Away, Sabbah's Blog, Abeer’s Blog, Chronicles Of A Utopian Writer, PALFORCE, Part of MY world, Bataranzi, Discovering life, AquaCool, Daoud Kuttab.

Updates (local Amman time)

Update[November 10, 4:40 PM]: Thousands of angry Jordanians rallied Thursday shouting, “Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!”

Update[November 10, 1:40 PM]: Jordan TV – There is no truth to reports that Israelis staying at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman on Wednesday were evacuated by Jordanian security forces before the bombing that took place there.

Update[November 10, 12:06 PM]:Tourism Board Hotline – +9626 5678444

Update[November 10, 12:04 PM]:Demonstrations of anger sweeps Jordan – Largest Demonstrations expected to take place at 1:00 PM today starting from the Third Circle in Jabal Amman and heading towards Dakheleyeh Circle.

Update[November 10, 11:00AM]: Jordan Planet publishes the names of the casualities.

Update[November 10, 7:16 AM]: Al Qaeda claims Amman blasts.

Update[November 10, 6:26 AM]: King Abdullah the Second visited the affected hotels earlier this morning.

Update[November 10, 5:05 AM]:Shocking photos from Jordan News Agency here and here.

Update[November 10, 4:11 AM]: According to Al-Jazeera, Jordanian Police put their hands on a video recording showing the suicide bomber of Hyatt taken by someone in the hotel by accident.
Al-Arabia also confirms that a fire was started earlier last night in Amman in order to divert attention from the incident about to occur.

Update[November 10, 3:44 AM]: According to Elaph, Jordanian authorities have arrested 12 people from different nationalities including Iraqis, Bahrainis, and Jordanians. Al-Muashar also said that death tolls could have been higher if one of the explosive laden-cars managed to smash into the entrance.
The Islamic Action Front and the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood both condemned the attack referring to it as “Terrorist and criminal attack”.

Update[November 10, 1:31AM]: Eye witness on Al-Jazeera says that suicide bomber was speaking in an Iraqi accent.

Update[November 10, 1:06 AM]: Al-Arabeya reports that Iraqis have been arrested, and Mamdoh Abadai called for marching in opposition against such acts of terrorism.

Update[November 10, 12:29 AM]: Jordanian police Maj. Bashir al-Da'aja said officials believe all the Amman hotel blasts were carried out by suicide bombers.
“The attacks carry the trademark of al Qaeda,” a police source said on condition of anonymity in line with police regulations. “However it is not certain. We are investigating.”
Ayman al-Safadi, editor of Jordan's Al-Ghad newspaper, told Al-Arabiya satellite network that it was a “terrorist operation.”
“Finally, the terrorists succeeded in breaking the security in Jordan,” he said, referring to past success in foiling a number of terror plots.
Source: CNN

Update[November 10, 12:29 AM]: There are conflicting reports on the matter of casualities; Al Arabaya reports 67 fatalities and over 150 deaths.

Update[November 9, 11:50 PM]: Jordan announces three days of mourning.

Update[November 9, 11:27 PM]: According to Al-Jazeera, casualities have reached 53 deaths and 300 injuries.

Update[November 9, 10:59 PM]: According to Jordanian officials, latest casualities are 31 deaths and 200 casualities, among them Chinese and Iraqi nationals, most casualities are Jordanian.

Update[November 9, 10:50 PM]: According to Al-Jazeera, some suspects have been detained, their involvement has not yet been determined though.

Update[November 9, 10:39 PM]: According to Abeer El-Ziben of Jordan TV, all roads in and out of the capital have been blocked; authorities are now looking for suspects il Al-Weibdeh area in West Amman, near explosion sites.

Update[November 9, 10:15 PM]: Jordanian News Agency Petra reports that the bombings were results of suicide attacks. As is natural in such cases, videos and images captured by reporters have all been confiscated.

Update[November 9, 10:11 PM]: Casualities have reached 20 deaths and 120 injuries according to Al-Jazeera.

Update[November 9, 9:58 PM]: Casualities have now reached 18 deaths and 45 injuries according to the AFP.

[November 9, 9:30 PM]: Five fatalities have been reported and tens of injuries.


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  • Roba please keep us updated. May their souls rest in peace :(
    I can’t believe this is happening in Jordan

  • thx for update. why Jordan?

  • Roba … are you near the area? Can you possibly get information on 2-American friends that are in Amman today? I spoke to one of my friends today at roughly 5:15PM Amman time.

    If you can I will be MOST GREATFUL .. please email me at net500cg@gmail.com

    Thank you …

    les booth

  • Les,

    As of now there are no reported American casulties, you can call the state department info line at

    From the US: 1-888-407-4747
    From abroad: 1-202-501-4444

  • Thanks to all who have replied. My friends are safe. They were in the hotel Le Meridien – roughly a mile away from the blasts. Great news for us and their families. However, we are deeply saddend by the carnage and loss of innocent lives. A terrible tragedy for Jordan, the world and humanity.

    Again, thanks all who have offered assistance and care …


  • […] Roba and other of my Jordanian friends – Isam, Natasha, and Haitham – are running a “virtual news room”, updating a post on Global Voices that’s tracking the events and the reactions to them. […]

  • mickey mouse


    Why did the Israelis get an advance warning?

    The Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that no Israeli tourists are known to have been injured in the blasts. Representatives of Israel’s embassy in Amman were in contact with local authorities to examine any report of injured Israelis, but none were received.

  • […] For news from local Jordanian bloggers on the scene, click here. […]

  • […] The Jordanian community is in a state of rage at the bombings that took place in the much beloved capital Amman on Wednesday night. Demonstration in Amman have been occurring in plentitude, Roba Assi, Lina Ejeilat, and Isam Bayazidi have been attending and you can find pictures from these demonstrations on the Flickr Pool created for the demonstrations and on Isam Bayazidi’s Gallery […]

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