A decade after twin bombs destroyed a holiday in paradise for tourists partying at two jumping nightclubs in Indonesia’s beach resort of Bali,survivors and victims’ families on Friday braved a fresh terrorism threat to remember those lost to the tragedy.
Security was tight with more than 2,000 police and military,including snipers,deployed to guard the memorial services after reports involving the “certain movement” of terrorists were announced two days earlier,raising the security alert to its highest level. No other details were released about the potential threat.
The loss is not just giving us grief,it is also giving us the strength to fight terrorism and all other extremist activities,” said Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika,the former police chief who led the investigations following the attacks.
The 2002 bombing was Asia’s deadliest terror strike,killing 202 people _ including 88 Australians and seven Americans _ and injuring more than 240 others at the popular Sari Club and Paddy’s Pub in Kuta that sultry Saturday night on Indonesia’s resort island. The attack,carried out by suicide bombers from the al-Qaida-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah,kick started a wave of violence in the world’s most-populous Muslim nation hitting an embassy,hotels and restaurants.
Most of Indonesia’s 210 million Muslims practice a moderate style of Islam that condemns violence,and the government has worked to root out extremists. Terrorist attacks aimed at foreigners have been largely replaced in recent years by smaller,less deadly strikes mostly targeting police and anti-terrorism forces.
Data from the National Police shows more than 700 militants have been arrested over the past 10 years,including 84 last year. Dozens more have been killed since the Bali bombings.
hough the number of domestic terrorist attacks has risen,suicide bombers are more likely to act alone or in smaller groups than they did in years past.