[Indonesia Report] Australian PM to attend ceremony to remember Bali bombing incident despite terror threat

Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, talked after the meeting with Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in Darwin on July 03, 2012 (Photo: kompas.com)

It was ten years ago today (Oct. 12) when more than 200 people were killed in a bomb blast in Bali, Indonesia.

According to Kompas.com, Indonesian internet media, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, told journalists on Wednesday (October 10) that she was determined to go to Bali to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bali Bombing that killed 88 Australian, despite a terror threat.

Earlier on the same day, Indonesian government issued security warning, quoting a credible source on the potential threat to the Friday occasion.

Julia Gillard is planning to deliver a speech on the occasion to remember the 88 Australian victims.

Some of those who survived and families of the victims have flown to Bali from Australia to attend the Bali Bombing Commemoration.

Australian Interior Minister, Jason Clare, said through his spokesman that Canberra was aware of the potential security risk therefore together with Indonesia, we would make cooperate to guarantee the security.

Bali Bombing in 2002 occurred in two clubs in Denpasar, Bali, killed mostly foreigners.

A terrorist group called Jemaah Islamiyah believed to have been linked to Al-Qaeda network, conducted the 2002 Bali bombing.

Many members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted in relation to the bombings, including three individuals who were sentenced to death. 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 Denpasar, causing only minor damage.

An audio-cassette purportedly carrying a recorded voice message from Osama Bin Laden stated that the Bali bombings were in direct retaliation for support of the United States’ war on terror and Australia’s role in the liberation of East Timor, according to the report of The Age, an Australian mass media.

On Nov. 9 2008, Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad on the island prison of Nusakambangan at 00:15 local time.

Meidyana Rayana Intern Reporter news@theasian.asia

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