15 years on: When terror ripped through the heart of Indonesia’s tourist idyll
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It is 15 years since Bali was rocked by a series of deadly bombs. Here is a look back at what happened. What was the target? Two explosions tore through a nightclub and a bar in the tourist area of Kuta on the Indonesian island on October 12 2002. One hit Paddy’s Irish Bar while the second exploded in a van outside the Sari Club on Jalan Legian, the main road in the Kuta resort. The blast caused a fire which engulfed a neighbouring building. At the same time, a bomb exploded near to the US consulate in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, but no one was hurt. Who were the victims? The blasts claimed the lives of 202 people including 28 Britons. Those who died were mainly foreign tourists – people of 23 different nationalities were killed, including 88 Australians. A memorial to those who died now stands in St James’s Park in central London. It comprises a marble globe engraved with 202 doves while a wall lists the victims’ names. MP Tobias Ellwood lost his brother Jonathan in the attacks. He posted on Twitter: “Pause for thought: At about this time on this day 15 years ago 202 people were killed in the AQ terrorist attack in Bali. Dearly missed.” Who was behind the attack?
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