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Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings JAKARTA - Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

The dead in the latest attacks include at least two Australians, one Japanese, four or five other foreigners whose nationalities have not been determined, while the rest are Indonesian, hospital officials said. Earlier tolls were higher because body parts were entering the morgue in separate body bags, police said.

Included in the wounded are 68 Indonesians, 20 Australians, six Koreans, four Americans, four Japanese, with five others unidentified, according to Indonesia's Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari. At a news conference on Sunday, police chief Maj. Gen. Made Mangku Pastika showed video of one bomber entering Raja's restaurant in Kuta wearing a backpack, and detonating.

Pastika showed photos of the bombers' heads, who appeared to be in their early 20s, although they have not been identified. Police believe the bombers were not working alone, and are searching for those who may have helped plan the attack. He said the bombs weighed about 22 pounds each (10 kg) and contained ball bearings and other shrapnel.

Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terror official, said Sunday the attacks apparently were planned by Southeast Asia's two most-wanted men, Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top, who are believed to be connected to Jemaah Islamiya, the regional arm of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network.

The two alleged masterminds of the Bali attacks fled from Malaysia to Indonesia after a crackdown on militants following the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said, The Associated Press reported. The latest Bali bombings prompted the police chief, Inspector General Firman Gani, to raise Jakarta's security alert system to its highest level

The explosions happened around 8 p.m. Saturday (8 a.m. ET) in Jimbaran and Kuta, the shopping and entertainment hub of the island. Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the blasts occurred about 10 minutes apart. Video of the scene in Kuta showed the windows of several upscale stores shattered, with glass littering the street, and the awning of Raja's noodle house blown askew.

Sean Mulcahy, an Australian journalist in Bali, said Jimbaran and Kuta were "chock-a-block" with tourists celebrating a holiday weekend. It was also a school holiday for Australians, and many traveled to Bali for the weekend, he said. Bali is still recovering from the bombings in Kuta that killed 202 people on October 12, 2002, which were blamed on Jemaah Islamiya. Most of those killed were Australian and Indonesian.

"People were just starting to build up confidence again and to have this happen was devastating for the locals, but I think it's the nail in the coffin for people coming to this place," Mulcahy said. Shortly after the blasts, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addressed the nation on state television, expressing his concern and condemning what he called a terrorist attack.

"These were clearly acts of terrorism because the victims were indiscriminately chosen and the targets were public areas. As president and on behalf of the Republic of Indonesia, I strongly condemn these inhuman acts," he said. He said he had received intelligence information in July about terrorist elements in Malaysia and Philippines planning to target Indonesia, and had increased security in Jakarta and Bali as a precaution.

Recently, Yudhoyono issued a warning that terrorist cells inside the country were still active, despite hundreds of arrests. Australian Prime Minister John Howard also expressed sorrow and anger. "How sad we are that the pursuit of a legitimate, simple overseas holiday has once again been brutally interrupted by this violent, mindless act of terrorism," Howard added.

He noted that the nation was just recovering from the 2002 attacks, and said, "I think we should see this as primarily an attempt to wreak havoc and cause fear and create instability inside Indonesia." "I primarily see this as an attack on Indonesia and the democratic instincts of the Indonesian people," Howard said.

Saturday's attacks left tourists filled with "fear and terror" and they are fleeing their hotels in Bali, with suitcases in hand, Mulcahy said. But reporter John Aglionby Sunday reported that locals were carrying on with business as normal.

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Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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Stupid bastards.
Thank god me gf was there last week n not now.
I still can remember when we had dinner at Raja's together.
This is so sad for bali.

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Not only for Bali but for whole of Indonesia.
Well timed just for the Ramadhan so moslims will not protest.

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Today is the day petrol prices have been risen 90%. Why blame foreigners for this? Assholes! Emoticon: Angry

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Who said they will never bomb the same place twice? Only time will tell... now I have doubts if I shoud bring my friends to Bali or even Indonesia. Emoticon: Frustrated
nowhere is safe anymore. Emoticon: Cry

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Last week at same time my gf and i where in Kuta mall. We have a few friends there. one of them: Mutiara Ritelinti Wira, hope your doing ok man! Ray and Es from Belanda (from the dengdeng manis)

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Mutiara Ritelini Wira = Yunani..

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It's an attack for the whole world, not only for Bali (Indonesia). The president SBY must take hard actions to catch those who're guilty for this unhuman actc of terrorism in Indonesia. It's not for the first time that Bali (the Island of Goddes) was attact by terrorist. Indonesia is my birthcountry and I always come home (each year) to see my family, friends. I don't understand why such a beautiful island as Bali is the place that terrorists choose to take their unhuman acctions. I know, terrorist always choose busy touristplaces and Bali is such a beautiful island and that's why they choose to take their actions.

I hope that the world will take hard actions, especially the United States of America and Europe must take actions, and help the people of Indonesia that are now live in such an terrible world.

The terrorist must be taken as soon as possible and give them the deadsentence and nothing else but that.
For alle the family from the victims of this unhuman attacks in Bali (Kuta and Jimbaran) we (incl. my wife and children) them all the love we can give and that God will give his love to the families in Bali and all of the world.

May God bless all the family of the victims of this unhuman acts...

Raymond (Capelle aan den Ijssel, Holland - the Netherlands)

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On 01-10-2005 16:31 sascha wrote:
Stupid bastards.
Thank god me gf was there last week n not now.
I still can remember when we had dinner at Rajas together.
This is so sad for bali.

Not just for Bali/Indonesia but for the hole world. No matter what happens, actions like these are always so much more than just 'sad'!

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Coming tomorrow, Bali must be the safest place to be at the moment!!
Wish the Balinese all the strength they need!!!!!

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