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President Barack Obama strongly condemned the July 17th bombings of two hotels in Jakarta. At least 9 people were reported killed and as many as 50 others wounded in those attacks. "The American people stand by the Indonesian people in this difficult time," he said, "and the U.S. government stands ready to help the Indonesian government respond to and recover from these outrageous attacks as a friend and partner."
President Obama said, "Indonesia has been steadfast in combating violent extremism and has successfully curbed terrorist activity within its borders. However, these attacks make it clear that extremists remain committed to murdering innocent men, women and children of any faith in all countries." The U.S, said President Obama "will continue to partner with Indonesia to eliminate the threat from these violent extremists and we will be unwavering in supporting a future of security and opportunity for the Indonesian people."
U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood said extremists don't like the progress they see in Indonesia's vibrant democracy:
"These are acts committed by people who don't want to see Indonesia succeed. They want to see democracy disappear from Indonesia, but we're [the United States is] there, we're going to support the Indonesian government in its efforts to find out who carried out these attacks and we want to see these people brought to justice."
The Jakarta bombings came just 9 days after the government and the people of Indonesia demonstrated their commitment to democracy by conducting orderly and peaceful elections. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the attacks "reflect the viciousness of violent extremists, and remind us that the threat of terrorism remains very real. We have no higher priority than confronting this threat along with other countries that share our commitment to a more peaceful and prosperous future."