Hotel blasts in Jordan

Via AP:

Explosions hit three hotels in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, and at least 18 people were killed and 120 wounded. Police said the attacks “carry the trademark” of al-Qaida.

The first blast occurred at about 8:50 p.m. (1:50 p.m. EST) at the luxury Grand Hyatt hotel, popular with tourists and diplomats, and completely shattered its stone entrance. Associated Press reporter Jamal Halaby, who was at the hotel, counted seven bodies being taken away and many more wounded being carried out on stretchers.

A few minutes later, police reported an explosion at the Radisson SAS Hotel a short distance away. Police said five people were killed and at least 20 were wounded in the blast at a wedding hall.

Another explosion was reported at the Days Inn Hotel, and police said there were casualties.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.

Now, I wonder who will be the first to blame the US?

Update: Latest news is 57 dead, over 300 injured.

Update II: Via Stan at Two Minute Offense, looks like the first to blame this terrorist attack on the US was CNBC, around 4:05 pm ET. I’m so surprised (not). (Hat tip AJ Strata, via the Anchoress) – thanks to Lorica for the heads up)

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