Officials Say Evidence in Bali Attacks Points to Suicide Bombers
02 October 2005
Indonesian officials say it appears suicide bombers were responsible for blasts that killed at least 25 people on the island of Bali, and injured more than 100 others - many of them foreign tourists. The attack comes three years after Islamic militants set off massive explosions on Bali that killed more than two hundred people, most of them foreigners.
No one has claimed responsibility for the three bombs, which went off Saturday evening in restaurants crowded with tourists and local residents.
Dino Djalal, a spokesman for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who traveled to Bali Sunday, describes the early police findings.
"There are three heads and six legs found, with no middle body. That is usually a mark that [there are] three suicide bombers at work," he said.
Suspicion has fallen on the regional group Jemaah Islamiyah. Several of its members have been convicted of a number of bombings in the country, including the October 2002 attack in Bali that killed more than 200 people. Mr. Djalal notes that JI members were responsible for a suicide bombing against the Australian embassy last year and other attacks.
Saturday's attack has been condemned by the Indonesian government and by leaders around the region.
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