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Australians, Japanese and Koreans Killed in Bali Terrorist Attack

October 1st, 2005 . by Matt

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Terrorist have struck again in Bali, this time killing 32 people, and wounding more than 100.

AN Australian teenager is among 32 people confirmed dead in a series of coordinated bomb attacks which ripped through packed tourist restaurants in Bali overnight.
At least 17 Australians were wounded by the blasts, set off in three beachside restaurants just minutes apart.

The nearly simultaneous blasts came nearly three years after JI militants bombed two nightclubs in Bali, killing 202 people, most of them foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Police said the first blast tore through the Raja restaurant in the shopping district of Kuta, the scene of the 2002 bombings, at about 7.30pm (9.30pm AEDT).

Minutes later, two further explosions ripped through a pair of beachfront restaurants 30 kilometres away in the picturesque fishing village of Jimbaran.

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I have eaten at the Raja restaurant that was bombed. Indeed, I had been to Paddys and the Sari club that were destroyed in the last bombing as well.

The Indonesian president has condemned the attacks.

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono branded the blasts as acts of terrorism and vowed to catch those responsible.

“These are clearly terrorist attacks because the targets were random and public places,” he said.

Police have not said how the bombs were carried out or if suicide attackers were responsible.

At the scene of the Kuta bomb, bodies lay covered by bloodied blankets as police moved among crowds of onlookers using flashlights to pick their way through the gutted interior of the restaurant.

British tourist Daniel Martin told the BBC he was standing in a building next to the restaurant in Kuta when a “tremendous” explosion erupted.

“It was just sheer chaos with no one really taking control,” Martin said, adding that “there were no police or anyone else around for a good while. It was everyone pitching in to help the wounded.

“There were people lying in the street with serious wounds, blood pouring into the street … I was afraid to go into the actual restaurant for fear of what I might see in there.”

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The Attacks have also been condemned by the UN.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said overnight he was dismayed that Bali had once again been struck by terrorists as he condemned deadly bombings on the Indonesian island.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali,” a statement issued by his spokesman said, after explosions at three packed tourist restaurants killed at least 32 and injured more than 100.

“He is dismayed that Bali has yet again been the scene of terrorist outrage almost three years after the attacks of October 2002,” the statement said.

“He sends his deepest sympathy to the injured and the bereaved of many nationalities as well as to the Indonesian government. He urges the Indonesian authorities to act promptly in identifying and bringing the perpetrators of this cowardly attack to justice.”

This probably means the death of the Balinese tourism industry, but the radical Muslims that launched the attack do not care because the Balinese are non muslims.

After the 2002 Bali bombings, poverty in Bali surged.

Hundreds of thousands of people were impoverished as a result of the bombs that killed almost 200 people in Bali in October 2002, a new report says.

The report, by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), was released the day after hundreds of survivors and relatives of victims paid an emotional tribute to the victims.

The likelihood, the research says, is that many local workers faced substantial salary cuts or job losses following the attack, and are now too poor to afford healthcare.

And it warns that without tighter security the former “crown jewel” of Indonesian tourism may never return to its former glory.

“It is clear now that the crisis is deeper and longer lasting than at first anticipated,” it said, “giving greater urgency to the need for effective action.”

In the meantime, Australian Prime Minister John Howard has rightly stated that the attacks represent an attack on Indonesia’s system of government.

“I see it as an ongoing attempt by terrorists to undermine democratic Indonesia,” Howard said. “It should be seen primarily as an attack on Indonesia.”

The radical Islamists would like to bring down the Indonesian government and install an Islamic one.

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Although there is not much the Australian government can do about terrorism in Indonesia, it is high time for the Australian government to implement an anti terrorism strategy that is free of political correctness. Secret 24/7 monitoring of mosques would be start. We can only hope that sanity prevails.

Update: Other world leaders have raised their voices in condemnation of the attack.

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Another gruesome picture – the enemy hopes to weaken our resolve by bringing this horror

Update: It appears that several Koreans were injured, but were not killed in the attacks.


2 Responses to “Australians, Japanese and Koreans Killed in Bali Terrorist Attack”

  1. comment number 1 by: Curzon

    It’ll be interesting to see the nationality breakdown of the casualties. In 2002, the overwhelming majority were Australian. This time, it looks as if more Indonesians and non-Australians were the victims, although details are still coming in. Tragic.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    It’ll be interesting to see the nationality breakdown of the casualties. In 2002, the overwhelming majority were Australian. This time, it looks as if more Indonesians and non-Australians were the victims, although details are still coming in. Tragic.

    I couldnt find a breakdown, but it appears that the majority of victims this time were Japanese, German and Korean tourists, along with locals.