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Bali bombings

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by _Bella_, Oct 1, 2005.

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  1. _Bella_

    _Bella_ Barangay Pasaway

    I hope there aren't any SBers in harms way around the Kuta or Jimbaran bomb sites.
    This is heartbreaking news for such a wonderful island and it's wonderful people.
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Holy mackerel, were there new bombings in Bali? I haven't caught the news. I remember the last major bombing there that hit a night club and killed a number of visitors. The only time I was headed there, my air consolidator routed me through K.L. instead as a safety precaution.
  3. Ed_Dman

    Ed_Dman Divemaster

    I was in Bali about 2 weeks ago! It's heartbreaking to hear such a news! Bali is such a beautiful island with beautiful & friendly locals. Balinese are such loving and cheerful people and I don't believed they deserve such an inhuman act!

    I condemn those cowards that did such a horrorable thing! Why take away lives that don't belong to them? Cowards! Cowards! Cowards!

    My condolences goes out to all the victim's family, relative & friends! May God Bless All Of You & Bali!

  4. chip104

    chip104 Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto
    I'll be praying for our neighbours.
  5. SterlingDiver

    SterlingDiver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rocky Mountain West, USA
    .....See below.

    Too bad, it used to be on my "short list". It is a crazy world we live in.


    BALI, Indonesia - Powerful bombs ripped through three crowded restaurants on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Saturday, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100 — the second time terrorists have brought carnage to the tropical paradise in three years.

    Witnesses reported seeing dismembered bodies at the scene, many of them foreigners.

    No one claimed responsibility for the bombings in the world's most populous Muslim nation, but suspicion immediately fell on the al-Qaida linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah.

    Indonesian President Suslio Bambang Yudhyono said terrorists were to blame and warned more attacks were possible.

    "We will hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice," he said, calling on people "to be on the alert."

    Connection to 2002 attacks?
    The near simultaneous blasts at two packed seafood cafes on Jimbaran beach and a three-story noodle and steak house in downtown Kuta occurred days before the anniversary of the Oct. 12, 2002 bombings that killed 202 people at two nightclubs also in Kuta, just a short walk away.

    Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed for those attacks and subsequent deadly bombings in the capital in 2003 and 2004.

    Western and Indonesian intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned the group was plotting more attacks despite a string of arrests. Last month, Yudhoyono said he was especially worried the extremist network was about to strike.

    "I received information at the time that terrorists were planning an action in Jakarta and that explosives were ready," said the president, who was scheduled to go to Bali on Sunday to look at the devastation first hand.

    Sanglah Hospital, near the island's capital Denpasar, which took over the task of identifying victims, said 25 people were killed and 101 others were being treated at six hospitals.

    Foreigners among victims
    Among the injured were 49 Indonesians, 17 Australians, six Koreans, three Japanese and two Americans, a hospital official said, adding that the others had yet to been identified.

    Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that at least one Australian was killed. Metro TV said a Japanese citizen also died.

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice condemned the bombings in a statement. "The United States stands with the people and government of Indonesia as they work to bring to justice those responsible for these acts of terrorism. We will continue to work together in our common fight against terror," Rice said.

    The latest bombs went off at about 8 p.m. as thousands of diners flocked to restaurants on the bustling tourist island that was just starting to recover from the 2002 blasts, when the number of visitors plummeted.

    ‘Blood everywhere’
    Baradita Katoppo, an Indonesian tourist from Jakarta, said one of the bombs on Jimbaran beach went off in the Nyoman Cafe, where he was eating with friends. Five minutes later another explosion rocked a neighboring seafood restaurant.

    "I could see other people sustained injuries," he said. "There was blood on their faces and their bodies. It was very chaotic and confusing, we didn't know what to do."

    Witness, I Wayan Kresna, told the private El Shinta radio station he counted at least two dead and that many others were brought to a hospital.

    "I helped lift up the bodies," he said, adding that many of the victims were foreigners. "There was blood everywhere."

    About 18 miles away in Kuta, at almost exactly the same time, an explosion hit the three-story Raja noodle and steakhouse in a bustling outdoor shopping center. Smoke poured from the badly damaged building.

    The bomb apparently went off on the restaurant's second floor, and an Associated Press reporter saw at least three bodies and five wounded people there. There was no crater outside the building, indicating the blast was not caused by a car bomb.

    Blow to tourist industry
    Saturday's attacks threaten to ruin a tourist boom on the mostly Hindu island, where hotels and restaurants have in the last 18 months reported that business had exceeded pre-2002 levels and that they were looking forward to a busy Christmas and New Year.

    Tourism Minister Jero Wacik predicted a sharp drop in numbers, but said he hoped the island would bounce back.

    Since the 2002 Bali blasts, Jemaah Islamiyah has been tied to at least two other bombings in Indonesia, both in the capital, Jakarta. Those blasts, one at the J.W. Marriott hotel in 2003 and the other outside the Australian Embassy in 2004, killed at least 23.

    Ken Conboy, author of an upcoming book on Southeast Asian terrorism, said Saturday's bombings had all the hallmarks of Jemaah Islamiyah. "They saw the 2002 Bali bombing as their only true success because it inflicted foreign casualties, and the collateral damage weren't Muslims," he said.

    © 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
  6. Halthron

    Halthron Solo Diver

    Everyone has their own tolerance level. But I didn't stop going to my bank branch in the US when it was held up and a customer killed. Nor did I refuse to go to a Mickey Ds when they were getting shot up. Nor did I start homeschooling my kid after Columbine. I was in Jakarta at the time that this (CNN link) explosion happened. So, you have to stick with what you find comfortable but Bali will remain on my list.
  7. Wildcard

    Wildcard Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Alaska
    I thought the muslum world only hated the US? It would seem that way in the liberal media...No place is totaly safe, from anything. Don't cow to the terrorist threat, that is what they want, for everyone to be afraid.
  8. SterlingDiver

    SterlingDiver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rocky Mountain West, USA
    ....even choose your weapon, no fear here, but, and a big but, I have too many people depending on me to take any unnecessary risk.

    Good luck to the people of Indonesia, but I won't be visiting soon.

    Good Diving,

  9. jlyle

    jlyle Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
    Then, I strongly suggest that you don't visit Southern California, either. We are waiting for the Big One, the hills are burning, and gang violence is out of control.

    I'll be in Bali in ten days and will feel safer there than I do in most big cities in the US. You know that security will be tight.

    The terrorists are counting on tourists going elsewhere - I, for one, will not be cowed by a bunch of ignorant murderers.
  10. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    They are still looking for the group of Virgins. They found out attacking the US got them a group of armed Virginian's. :D

    Gary D.
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