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Funerals of Bali blast victims begin JAKARTA - Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

"I grew up with him. I feel devastated," said Sedana's older brother, Gusti Mandalika. "But as Hindus we believe that everything is part of God's plan." The bombers targeted the crowded Kuta restaurant and two seafood cafes in the resort of Jimbavan, about 15 miles north of Kuta, in near simultaneous attacks as local and tourists were enjoying evening meals.

The attackers are believed to have used explosive vests - loaded with ball bearings to maximize the damage - that blew apart their torsos. Investigators hunting the masterminds of the bombings have released photos to national and international media organisations of the decapitated heads of the suspected bombers. Though swollen, the heads are remarkably well preserved with most facial features intact.

Police also released a video capturing a suspected bomber strolling past diners at one of the cafes moments before it was blown up. Investigators are hunting three accomplices believed to still be on the Indonesian resort island, and have enlisted a former operative of south-east Asia's top terror group to help track down the plotters.

A British citizen was reported locally to be among 25 people who are still unaccounted for, including 12 Indonesians, two Americans, two Japanese and two Danish. However, a spokeswoman from the Foreign Office said they had received no reports of any Britons involved in the atrocity apart from two who were injured. "We still have one person slightly injured and one person seriously injured," she said.

The seriously hurt woman, who has dual British and Australian citizenship, was flown to Australia for treatment. The other was reported to have been living in Indonesia. Death tolls have varied between 19 and 29 because the blasts dismembered people's bodies, making them hard to count. Fourteen Indonesians, two Australians and one Japanese man are among the dead.

Sanglah, the main hospital treating the victims, posted its death toll of 29 on a bulletin board. A police spokesman, Aryanto Budihardjo, told reporters in the capital that 22 had been killed, including the three bombers. The Foreign Office said at least 26 had died. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but suspicion immediately fell on Jemaah Islamiyah, whose members were convicted over attacks on two crowded nightclubs on Bali three years ago and two other deadly terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim country in 2003 and 2004, both in Jakarta.

It has emerged that one of the suspected masterminds behind the bombings studied at Reading University in the late 1980s. Malaysian Azahari Bin Husin - known as "Demolition Man" - was named by Indonesian officials alongside Noordin Mohamed Top. Both men are thought to have been behind the 2002 Bali attacks, which left 202 people dead, including 26 Britons. The two men are linked to al-Qaida and have been on Indonesia's most wanted list since 2002.

Reading University issued a statement confirming that Dr Azahari, now 48, had studied for a doctorate at the then Department of Land Management. It said he completed a thesis on Malaysian house prices, adding: "When Azahari Husin was at Reading, he appeared to be a completely normal student." As the island started to recover from the latest terrorist attack, the Foreign Office issued new travel guidelines to the area on its website.

A statement said: "If you are in Indonesia, you should exercise extreme caution at all times because there remains a high threat from terrorism. People still intending in the immediate future to travel to Bali should review thoroughly information on the local situation, and ensure they are taking full precautions and following local advice." It also warned about further attacks.

"There remains a high threat from terrorism in Indonesia," it said. "We continue to receive reports that terrorists in Indonesia are planning further attacks on westerners and western interests. Attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia and are likely to be directed against locations and buildings frequented by foreigners.

Keith Betton, from the Association of British Travel Agents, said there were about 1,000 people currently in Bali with British tour operators. He believed they were "fairly happy" to carry on with their holiday, adding: "I don't think there's any mass return of people". Kuoni said it had 160 holidaymakers there but none had asked to leave early.

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Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 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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