Houstonian injured in Jakarta bombings

July 17, 2009 4:03:05 PM PDT
At least one person from the Houston area was in the middle of the carnage after the dual hotel bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia. Several Houston businessmen even stayed there just weeks ago.[PHOTOS: See images from scene]

The bombings in Indonesia may have shocked much of the world, but the events hit much closer to home for Houstonian Rod Ragan.

"We were just there in April. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel where the bombing took place," said Ragan, who works for Energy Allied International.

The oil and gas expert lived in Jakarta for years, and on his most recent business trip, he took pictures of the city from his hotel room.

"We had breakfast right where the bombing when off, during our stay every day," said Ragan.

A number of American companies have a presence in Indonesia. The Woodlands-based Anardako just learned Friday that its Indonesia General Manager, Gary Ford, was among those injured in the bombings.

In a statement, Anadarko said, "Gary has been with Anadarko for 25 years. He is a valued member of our family and a well-respected colleague. We are praying for his quick and full recovery."

It is a feeling shared by those in Indonesia, and by Indonesians right here in Houston.

"It's shocking for us, especially after three years, five years after the government has cracked down on terrorists in Indonesia," said Indonesian Consul John Boestami.

The Indonesian Consulate says it is doing everything it can to make sure its citizens are aware of what is going on back in their homeland.

As for Ragan, he's planning on going back soon.

"These are isolated incidents. We'll just have to be cautious, and we probably won't stay at the Ritz," said Ragan.

We were told a Chevron employee from Houston was also injured in the blasts, but the company is not yet providing any details.

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