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182 killed, 332 hurt in Bali's explosions.....(latest)
UPI ^ | Sukino Harisumarto

Posted on 10/13/2002 11:20:41 AM PDT by hole_n_one

182 killed, 332 hurt in Bali's explosions

By Sukino Harisumarto
From the International Desk
Published 10/13/2002 7:01 AM
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A series of explosions that rocked and then burned packed nightspots on the tourist island of Bali killed 182 people -- including victims trapped in the inferno from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and throughout Europe, authorities said Sunday.

More than 330 people were being treated for injuries in the vastly overburdened island hospitals.

"The indiscriminate, brutal and despicable way in which lives have been taken away on this occasion by an act of barbarity will, I know, deeply shock all Australians," Australian Prime Minister John Howard said. "The warnings of the last year or more that terrorism can touch anybody, anywhere, at any time have been borne out by this terrible event."

Officials at Bali's main hospital said the death toll in the Saturday midnight blasts is expected to continue to rise as more bodies are discovered in the debris and those most severely hurt succumb to their injuries.

"The Government of Indonesia strongly deplored the brutal and shameful bombings in Bali which caused many victims," President Megawati Sukarnoputri said in a brief news conference before flying to Bali.

She spoke to the Australian prime minister by telephone and was told a medical team was on its way in a military plane capable of bringing back 30 injured to Australia for treatment.

She said that according to the latest reports the death toll had climbed to 182 and 332 others were injured.

Megawati said the government welcomed the humanitarian aid offered by the Australian government.

At least seven members of a soccer club from Perth, Australia, were among the missing, according to the Voice of America. Australia's Qantas Airways was arranging special flights to ferry surviving Australian tourists home.

The emergency immediately overwhelmed the resort island's medical facilities, ill equipped to treat the serious burns suffered by many of the injured. The morgue was jammed beyond overflowing with bodies.

Meanwhile, Putu Putra Wisada, spokesman for Sanglah's hospital, said most of the dead were foreigners, many of them American, Canadian, French, German, British, Japanese and Australian.

The series of explosions went off simultaneously through areas popular with foreign visitors. Two of the blasts destroyed a restaurant and a pub in Kuta, Bali's well-known tourist spot, while another one went off about 100 yards from the U.S. consular building in downtown Bali's capital of Denpasar, police and eyewitnesses said.

Most of the dead had been burned beyond recognition when the flaming roof of the Sari Club collapsed on them in a fire apparently fed by escaping gas.

Officials declined to confirm immediately whether the blasts involved car bombs, saying the bomb squad was investigating. "It's still too early to say it came from car bombs," he said. But an engine block from a car was recovered, suggesting the rest of the car was destroyed by a blast.

A statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said the United States was offering "all appropriate assistance to the government of Indonesia to see that all responsible for this cowardly act faced justice."

The Embassy advised that it is "still trying to assess the number of American victims."

The attack, "comes on the heels of previous warnings of Americans at risk, and highlights the mounting threat to Americans wherever they are in Indonesia," the advisory said. "The embassy is currently re-evaluating the extent of its presence in Indonesia. Americans visiting or residing in Indonesia are advised to examine the necessity of continuing to remain in Indonesia."

In Washington, a State Department official said Saturday that the U.S. government was aware of the situation in Bali and that the matter was under investigation. A guard at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington said no staff members were available.

More than 200 people had been jammed into the Sari Club café, which was destroyed by the blast, an employee said. The club had been patronized mainly by foreigners.

In addition to destroying the cafe and restaurant, the blasts in Kuta also heavily damaged dozens of cars, shops and homes nearby, local residents said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosions, the worst ever to hit Bali and one of the worst acts of apparent terrorism on record anywhere -- but part of a series to hit Indonesia since several churches were bombed in December 2000.

The Press Trust of India reported Sunday that a bomb had been concealed in a Kijang, a Jeep-like vehicle.

Indonesian officials have denied that radicals linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network are active in Indonesia. But authorities in neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines assert that members of an Islamic militant group, Jemaah Islamiyah, are based in Indonesia. The group allegedly is seeking to establish a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia.

Local authorities were "selectively restricting" entrance to the resort island, including Ngurah Rai airport and seaports in Benoa and Gilimanuk that link Java and Bali, Suyatmo said.

Another explosion, believed to be from a homemade bomb, hit the Philippine consulate general in the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado, at 7 p.m. local time Saturday. A gate was damaged, but no injuries were reported and the incident may have been unrelated to the Bali explosions, timed to be simultaneous.

"The Indonesian government offered condolences and deep sympathy to the family of the victims -- both of the Indonesians and the foreigners -- from the brutal and uncivilized violence, against the religious teaching and moral values," Megawati said before departing to Bali to inspect the scene.

She said security authorities are working hard in order to "capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice," adding that the government called on the community to stay calm.

In Jakarta, top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was deeply concerned and said the explosions were the work of terrorists.

"I hope there is no more comments that the government invents stories about terrorists in Indonesia," Yudhoyono said. "Terrorists are alreeady all around us."

"What happened in Bali extremely hurts the image, not only of Bali but also of our country," he said. "That would seriously damage our economy," he said, adding that while the targets were foreigners, that in the end the Indonesian people would suffer.

Yudhoyono expressed hope that there should be a preliminary conclusion about responsibility for the blasts, but he declined to identify any suspects, saying "it could be committed by the Indonesians, it can be foreigners or could also be locals and foreigners."

"I'm shocked by the blast," Putu Wardana, a nearby resident said. "It never happens here ... . It is so secure," a sentiment expressed by a number of residents.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqueda; bali; terrorism

1 posted on 10/13/2002 11:20:41 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
This bombing was the act of a barbarian or a group of barbarians-- pure and simple.
2 posted on 10/13/2002 11:27:41 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: hole_n_one
Indonesian officials have denied that radicals linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network are active in Indonesia.

Just like the Talaban denied 9/11. These Indonesian officials need to get a grip on reality. This is the handy work of those radical Islamist groups who have already said they were going to hurt westerners overseas and in the United States. They need to face the truth. Their countries are not safe to go to anymore for vacations and won't be until they get rid of this slime once and for all.

3 posted on 10/13/2002 11:27:58 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
No terrorists there? Are you believe that, or your lying eyes?

Megawati Sukarnoputri and Iraqi Ghafoor, special envoy from Terrorist-in-Chief Saddam
meet in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002.

4 posted on 10/13/2002 11:33:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: hole_n_one

The UPI timestamp of this article is 10/13/2002 7:01 AM

My mistake.

5 posted on 10/13/2002 11:35:57 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Since Bali is mostly Hindu, I suggest we help them declare independence from Indonesia. Then we have a foothold there.
6 posted on 10/13/2002 11:40:42 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: hole_n_one
Al-Qaeda never went away. Like cancer, it has metastasized, and the cost of bringing it under control was already fearfully high even before September 11, 2001.

Al-Qaeda can be stopped, it must be stopped, but the key to deterring international terrorism comes from denying them sanctuary and access to the means to disrupt and destroy the sometimes rather delicate edifice of Western civilization.

A thousand years from now, whatever ragged and wretched remnants of al-Qaeda or its successors stil exist, shall tremble in their tents and caves, when they hear an approaching airship, thinking it would be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or perhaps a B-36, returning with a bunker buster or daisy cutter. For America shall become the tool in the Hand of Allah, the mighty Hammer in His Fist, come to smite the unholy and apostate, again and again until they shall finally embrace the true meaning of their faith.

7 posted on 10/13/2002 11:43:16 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: Diogenesis
Very compelling!
8 posted on 10/13/2002 11:46:55 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Maybe this will cause some of the Eurotrash to change their minds on terrorism. PS--So my remark may not sound so mean, I am very sorry it happened and I feel badly for the victims' families and pray for them.
9 posted on 10/13/2002 11:48:18 AM PDT by Pushi
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To: hole_n_one
Bali is (was) a destination on my mother-in-law's cruise in December along with Australia. I sure wish she'd cancel her travel plans.

Bali's tourism will drastically suffer.

10 posted on 10/13/2002 11:50:54 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Diogenesis
I think they believe they need a diaperhead running around screaming JIHAD JIHAD before they get it thru their thick heads. I hate to say it but, I bet if it were a bunch of Bali citizens killed they would believe it.
11 posted on 10/13/2002 12:06:48 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: hole_n_one
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12 posted on 10/13/2002 12:11:52 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: ChadGore
You should send this photo to the German embassy.
13 posted on 10/13/2002 1:19:37 PM PDT by virgil
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To: ChadGore
This just makes me sick. Life is so cheap to these terrorists.
15 posted on 10/13/2002 2:24:32 PM PDT by GWfan
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To: areafiftyone
The Indonesian offials probably are the Taliban
16 posted on 10/13/2002 3:00:58 PM PDT by Tripleplay
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To: alloysteel
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or perhaps a B-36,

LOL, I am all for destroying these vermin, but I don't think we need to bring the B-36 back, as the US Air Force stopped flying them probably back in the 1950s.

17 posted on 10/13/2002 3:23:04 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: hole_n_one; All
Jihad! Across the World....

The Web of Terror

18 posted on 10/13/2002 3:38:47 PM PDT by backhoe
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