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Most Tragic Acts of Terrorism in History – 2002 Bali Bombings: Indonesia

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Most Tragic Acts of Terrorism in History – 2002 Bali Bombings: Indonesia

The 2002 Bali bombings occurred on October 12, 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta on the Island of Bali, Indonesia. The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history, killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens.

A further 209 people were injured. The attack involved the detonation of three bombs: a backpack-mounted device carried by a suicide bomber; a large car bomb, both of which were detonated in or near popular nightclubs in Kuta; and a third much smaller device detonated outside the United States consulate in Denpansar, causing only minor damage. Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, was responsible for the said attack. Many of their members were convicted and were sentence to death.

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Seven foreigners were killed in Jakarta hotel bombs – media

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Seven foreigners were killed in Jakarta hotel bombs – media

JAKARTA – july 18  – Seven foreigners were among those killed in the bomb attacks on two luxury hotels in Indonesia’s capital, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a police official.

Suicide bombers struck the JW Marriott hotel and close-by Ritz-Carlton, two luxury hotels popular with businessmen and diplomats, in Jakarta’s main business district during breakfast.

Police on Friday said eight people died, revising down an earlier count of nine, and over 60 were injured. On Saturday it seemed the toll had been raised again to nine, including two suicide bombers.

The blasts are a severe blow for Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who was re-elected earlier this month in a landslide victory on the back of restoring peace and strong growth to a country with the world’s largest Muslim population.

Police won’t be drawn on who may be responsible for the blasts, but suspicion has fallen on remnants of Jemaah Islamiah, the militant Islamist group responsible for a string of attacks in Indonesia in the first half of the decade.

East Jakarta Police Chief Hasanudin told the English language Jakarta Post that forensic experts were identifying the bodies of seven foreign nationals.

“All were foreigners,” Hasanudin told the Post, adding that all were male.

Police have not released the names of any of the victims yet.

Tim Mackay, chief executive of cement maker Holcim Indonesia and a New Zealand national, was one of several executives attending a CastleAsia Group breakfast at one of the hotels, and was killed in the blast, Holcim said on Friday.

Kompas newspaper reported that two Australians died in the blasts.

Police said on Friday the bombers had checked in to the Marriott as paying guests on Wednesday and had assembled the bombs in their room. A third bomb was found and defused in a laptop computer bag on the 18th floor.

International reaction to the bombings was swift.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who spent four years living in Jakarta as a child after his mother married an Indonesian, called the attacks “outrageous”.

“These attacks make it clear that extremists remain committed to murdering innocent men, women and children of any faith in all countries,” the White House said in a statement.

Jemaah Islamiah or a splinter, blamed for a previous Marriott attack as well as bombings on the island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, are widely suspected to be responsible for Friday’s blasts as the attacks bear the group’s hallmarks — the choice of high-profile Western targets where the victims are likely to be foreigners.

The group, which wants to create an Islamic super-state across parts of Southeast Asia, was blamed for a string of attacks until 2005, but many militants have since been arrested.

According to police, the casualties included citizens of Indonesia, the United States, Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Canada, Norway, Japan and India.

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Humanitarian aid to Philippines halted following bombings

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Humanitarian aid to Philippines halted following bombings

Manila: United Nations agencies temporarily halted food and humanitarian missions to the south’s conflict-threatened residents because of five bomb attacks that killed 12 people and hurt around 100 others in the southern Philippines.

But the Red Cross vowed to continue missions even as Al Qaida-linked group refused to release an Italian aid worker who was abducted in Jolo on January 15, sources said.

World Food Programme staff members from their offices in Iligan and Cotabato City, where bomb blasts occurred on Tuesday and Sunday respectively, have been conducting regular assessments of areas affected by the conflict in the south, to help develop a sustained and targeted response to the upsurge in violence in Mindanao, WFP said on its website.


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The distribution of rice supply, kept in a warehouse in Cotabato City, has reached 13,000 tonnes since clashes between the two camps began in August 2008, said Alghassim Wurie, WFP acting director.

The halting of aid missions would last only for a week, Wurie explained. He did not say if the WFP would end health missions and reconstruction of houses and infrastructure in the south.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reiterated calls on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to release Italian aid worker Eugenio Vagni who was taken hostage in Jolo on January 15. Vagni and two other ICRC workers, Swiss Andreas Notter and Filipina Mary Jane Lacaba, were abducted.

Notter and Lacaba were both released on April 18 and 2.

Rogue elements of the MILF were behind bomb blasts in Cotabato and Iligan, a military officer said.

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