Monday, October 1, 2012

Suicide Bombers Strike in Bali - 2005

On this date in 2005, suicide bombers strike three restaurants in two tourist areas on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The bombings killed 22 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 50 others. This was the second suicide-bombing incident to rock the island in less than three years.The blasts occurred nearly simultaneously, hitting two outdoor restaurants in the Jimbaran beach resort and a third in Kuta, a tourist center about 19 miles away. The attacks, like those in 2002, were thought to be the work of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), an extremist Islamist militant group with links to al-Qaida. JI is also believed to be responsible for the bombing of a Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003 that resulted in the deaths of 12 people and of the Australian embassy in Indonesia in 2004, in which 10 people died. Though Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, the island of Bali is mainly Hindu.

1 comment:

  1. Very sad & tragic. And it brings you up short when you remember Bali bomber Umar Patek recently got just 20 years (the same as Schapelle received for 4.2 kilos of marijuana), for helping to murder over 200 people and badly injure many more. Also a Herald Sun press report of 16 June 2010 headlined this "Only 13 of 70 Bali bombings and Jakarta embassy terrorists remain in prison." It's just crazy. And here's some commentary from Bali bomb survivor Jake Ryan about that: