The international community on July 17 condemned the two explosions that rocked the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the nearby JW Marriot Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least nine people and wounding 50.

"We stand in sympathy and in solidarity with the Indonesian government and the Indonesian people in this most difficult time," the European Union said in a statement released in Sweden, which is currently holding the rotating EU presidency.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has also condemned the blasts as a barbaric act of murder, saying that “any terrorist attack anywhere is an attack on us all, any terrorist attack in Indonesia is an attack on Australia's neighbours”.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton affirmed that the US is prepared to provide assistance if requested by the Indonesian government.

A spokesman for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said that the Philippine government was saddened by the bombing attacks and that the "loss of lives is something to be deplored."

The Ministries for Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Singapore also condemned the attacks as well as their instigators./.