Hotel Suicide Bombings in Jordan – UPDATED

Three hotels in Amman, Jordan were the target of suicide bombers today. 23 57 people are known to have died while 120 300 people were injured. The hotels were popular among Israeli and Western toursits.

AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 23 people were killed and scores wounded on Wednesday when three suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up in three hotels in Amman, a security source said.

Reuters correspondents said there had been explosions at the Radisson SAS and Grand Hyatt hotels in Amman and the official Petra news agency said there had been a third blast at the Days Inn hotel in the city.

“At least 23 people were killed in the three blasts and many wounded,” a security source told Reuters.

Jordan’s interior minister, Awni Yarfas, who was at the Radisson hotel, told reporters: “There were explosions in the Hyatt and the Radisson … Yes, they were bombs.”

Police threw up roadblocks around the hotels, causing traffic chaos in the city, and Reuters television footage showed a fleet of ambulances and fire vehicles outside the buildings.

The blasts appeared to happen at much the same time.


Supposedly, a wedding was taking place in a banquet hall inside one of the hotels. There was some speculation over wether or not the bombs were pre-planted or if this was the result of suicide bombers. It seems to be generally accepted now that it was suicide bombers.

Could this somehow be related to or in response to the Paris riots? Could be, but I doubt it. Proabably just more islamic crazies blowing stuff up for the sake of blowing stuff up. And to murder as many zionist pigs as possible, which is usually their goal. Note I said “usually”, not “always”. And I said “islamic crazies” rather than “all muslims”. You liberal european bloggers can stop calling me islamaphobic now.

Others blogging the Jordan bombings:
Protein Wisdom
The Counterterrorism Blog (has updates)
Michelle Malkin (also has updates)
Stop the ACLU
LGF
The Tar Pit
The Coalition of the Swilling
Terrorism Unveiled (very large roundup)
Don Surber
The Jawa Report

UPDATE 1: Wizbang has an update stating that FoxNews is reporting the death toll has risen to 57 with 115 people injured. Apparently the bombs at the Radisson and the Hyatt were suicide bombers. The Days Inn explosion was caused by a car bomb.

UPDATE 2: FoxNews is now reporting the number of injuries to be closer to 300 than 115.

Ning

Lastnight, Marc Andresson (Co-Founder of Netscape) and his people released Ning. What is Ning you may ask?

Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social “apps” are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.

Our goal with Ning is to see what happens when you open things up and make it easy to create, share, and discover new social apps. These might include for any city, your own take on Craigslist…for any passion, your own take on Match.com…for any interest, your own take on Zagat…for any event, your own take on Flickr…for any school, your own take on the Facebook…for any topic, your own take on del.icio.us…for any mammal, your own take on Hot or Not or Kitten War.

You choose the app, decide for whom it’s most relevant, create the categories, define the features, choose the language – or just clone an app that’s already up and running on Ning – and be on your way.

Check out SiliconBeat for more. To me, it basically sounds like a framework for building new applications that gather information from many different sources. Or maybe a method for combining select pieces of a service into one larger service.

Richard MacManus, over at Web 2.0 Explorer makes a good point in that the API provided by various web services will become very important. Jeff Clavier points out this could end up being the meta-framework for building social media applications.

Should make for some interesting applications in the near future. All this in the move to Web 2.0, which I find to be mostly a marketing ploy. Web 2.0 can’t come about until the security is there and everyone has reliable and fast internet access.

Google Sitemap

Google came out with a new service last week called Google Sitemap. It’s mostly a tool for webmasters. You can submit your sitemap to Google so their bot doesn’t have to crawl your pages as much. This way Google can know the entire structure of a website without having to crawl it.

What’s could be better than that? Well, a Google Sitemap generator plugin for WordPress of course. The best part of the plugin is the fact that it updates the sitemap xml file every time you change or publish a post. It also has the ability to generate a new sitemap xml file without editing or publishing a post. You can also specify a filename to save the sitemap xml file as. The official site for the plugin has a screenshot you can see. I saw this a day ago or so on Blogging Pro.