Fifteen years ago, terrorist bombs took 200 innocent lives at Bali’s Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar. Yesterday survivors, family and friend have gathered to pay their respects to the victims them on Oct 12 at Kuta’s Ground Zero.
Hundreds of people gathered at Kuta’s ground zero last night for a ceremony to mark 15 years since the atrocity. The memorial board displays the names of the 200 who died at the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar when two suicide bombers detonated themselves and a massive bomb inside a mini-van.
Meanwhile, under invitation of the British Police, Bali Police Chief. Insp. Gen. Petrus Reihard Golose marked the day in the UK at the Bali Bombings Memorial in Central London, where the lives of the 202 victims are commemorated, including 23 British victims (of the 202 people killed, 88 were Australian, 38 were Indonesian, and the rest were of 20 other various nationalities).
“It is an honor for us to be invited by the British Police to commemorate the Bali Bombings, which fell on October 12, 2002,” Golose said, as quoted from Coconuts Bali.
Andrew Csabi, from the Gold Coast, says there is not one day that he doesn’t get out of bed and remember what happened in Kuta that night.
“It is an emotional journey. My memories are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives here,” Mr Csabi said. And he is saddened about ongoing terror around the world.
Jason Garlick, from Sydney, said reading the victim’s names on the memorial board and coming across those he knew, from Sydney’s south, was emotional. Eight of his Mum’s friends were killed and 10 were injured that night. He bought some flowers for the memorial, News Australia reported.
The three Jeemah Islamiyah terrorists who planned and co-ordinated the bombings — Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra — were sentenced to death and executed in late 2008. The JI chief bombmaker, Dr Azahari Husin, who supervised building of the massive one tonne car bomb and the smaller backpack bomb, was killed in a police raid in 2005.