Suspected suicide bombers in Jordan have killed at least 57 people and injured more than 100 others in nearly simultaneous attacks at three Western hotels in the capital, Amman.
Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said most of the victims were Jordanians -- many of whom were attending a wedding party at the Radisson hotel.
The other bombings took place at the Grand Hyatt hotel and the Days Inn hotel. Mr. Muasher was earlier quoted as saying 300 people were injured in the attacks.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But Jordanian officials said a likely suspect was Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
In a statement, Jordan's King Abdullah condemned the attacks, saying they were carried out by what he called a "misled and misleading group."
Officials have declared that all government offices and public institutions will be closed today-Thursday.
Information for this report is provided by AFP, Reuters and AP.