2005 Bali bombing remembered

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has marked today's anniversary of the 2005 Bali bombing that killed four Australians, declaring Australia and Indonesia remain committed to defeating terrorism.



Mr Downer said a memorial service would be held in Bali today to mark the 2005 terrorist attack.

It will be followed by a service on October 12 to honour victims of the bloody 2002 bombing on the Indonesian island, that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australian.

The memorial services have been organised by the Australian consulate-general in Bali.

"The perpetrators of these terrible attacks follow their own twisted ideology of hate, which has no place in either Australia or Indonesia," he said in a statement.

"Australia and Indonesia together remain committed to defeating terrorism and upholding the values of democracy, diversity and compassion."

On October 12, 2002, terrorists with the group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) set off bombs in the nightclub district of Kuta, targeting Westerners.

In the second attack, on October 1, 2005, three suicide bombers attacked Bali restaurants, killing themselves and 20 others including four Australians.

Mr Downer said 222 people lost their lives in the callous attacks, many of whom were Indonesian.

"My thoughts are with the survivors and the families who lost loved ones on those sad days," he said.

Mr Downer at the weekend said Australia would not appeal to Indonesia to stop the executions of three men convicted of playing key roles in the 2002 Bali bombings.
Source: AAP

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