Bali Bombing

On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, an extremist Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.

Elite Indonesian police unit under fire over torture, unlawful killings

Members of Detachment 88. Photo: AFP

An elite police unit on the front line of Indonesia's lauded terrorism crackdown is raising concerns that it is instead fuelling the jihadist cause, as it faces allegations of torture and unlawful killings.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 2:41am

Indonesian police officers held over beatings in video posted on YouTube

Soldiers from Indonesia's elite Detachment 88 anti-terror brigade pin a suspect to the ground. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Five Indonesian policemen have been arrested over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed suspects being shot and abused. The blurry 14-minute video, also posted by several Islamic groups on their websites, depicts officers forcing a man to strip to his underwear before they shoot him, apparently in the chest.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:16am

Indonesia probes anti-terror police ‘torture’

Detachment 88, set up after the 2002 Bali bombings, has been on the frontline of a crackdown on terrorism that has weakened key militant networks. Photo: AFP

Indonesian police said on Tuesday they would question dozens of anti-terror officers over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed a suspect being shot and others abused.

5 Mar 2013 - 2:57pm

Australian PM visits Bali bombings ‘ground zero’

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (right) visits the 2002 Bali Bombing memorial monument as she pay tribute to victims in Kuta, Bali, on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Australia’s prime minister paid her respects on Saturday to the 202 people who perished a decade ago in the Bali nightclub bombings, visiting a commemorative stone monument on the resort island now covered in flowers, flags and victims’ photos.

13 Oct 2012 - 2:31pm

Memory of Hong Kong loved ones who died in Bali blasts celebrated

Wreaths for Hong Kong victims of the blasts. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It was an occasion tinged with sorrow and pain. However, the ceremony at Hong Kong Football Club last night to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings was also a time to celebrate the memory of loved and cherished friends.

13 Oct 2012 - 3:50am

Tears for Bali bomb victims 10 years on

Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2002 Bali bombings pay tribute on the island to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Islamic extremists killed 202 people, 11 from Hong Kong, in a terror campaign against tourists. Photo: AFP

A decade after bombs killed 202 people when they ripped apart two Bali nightclubs, a special memorial service was filled with reminders of what was lost in the tropical paradise … and what was not.

Tears fell as victims' names were read out, but not far away surfers paddled for world-class waves and holidaymakers haggled for souvenirs.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:04am

Who said it?

Bali bombing survivor Polly Brooks

My heart breaks every time I think of them

Bali bombing survivor Polly Brooks on the Hongkongers who perished in Asia's deadliest terrorist attack, including her husband, Dan Miller


Just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry

13 Oct 2012 - 5:23am

Ten years on, Bali remembers bombings victim

Survivors and relatives of victims of the October 12, 2002 Bali bombings lay flowers at the pool of remembrance during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of relatives of the dead on Friday paid tearful tributes to the 202 people killed in the Bali bombings 10 years ago, when Islamist extremists unleashed terror on tourists.

12 Oct 2012 - 9:39pm

10th anniversary of Bali bombings a reminder to be vigilant about terror attacks

The Bali bombings 10 years ago today shocked Hong Kong as much as the rest of Asia. Among the 202 victims were 11 city residents, most of them rugby players. Anniversaries are times to remember, and the lives of those taken by terrorists are being recalled.

12 Oct 2012 - 1:59am

Talking Points

Commemorations take place in Hong Kong and Indonesia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings. Photo: AP

Remembering the Bali bombings

12 Oct 2012 - 1:59am

Indonesia blasts Bali bombings 'monstrous' fail

A policeman guards the Bali victims' monument. Photo: AFP

Ten years after the Bali bombing, Indonesia's president said the "monstrous act of terror" failed in its aim of fracturing the nation.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's comments came as 2,000 police and military personnel, including snipers, were deployed across the island, after "credible information" of a threat to today's commemorations.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

Bali bombing victims search for closure 10 years on

Tourists look at pictures of Bali bombing victims attached to an Australian flag near the 2002 Bali Bombing memorial Monument in Kuta, Bali. Photo: EPA

A decade after suicide bombers brought carnage to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, survivors have returned to the scene for a commemoration service with many determined to finally banish memories of an atrocity that left 202 dead.

11 Oct 2012 - 12:29pm

Top alert raised over service marking 10th anniversary of Bali bombings

A Balinese woman lays an offering under a memorial monument for the 2002 Bali bombing built next to the site of the blasts.  Photo: AFP

Indonesia declared its top security alert yesterday, citing "credible information" of a threat to a ceremony this week marking the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings which killed 202 people.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:22am

Indonesia on high alert for Bali bombings anniversary

Indonesian police hold security drills ahead of ceremonies to mark the tenth anniversary of the Bali bombings on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Indonesia declared its top security alert on Wednesday, saying it has “credible information” of a threat to a ceremony later this week marking the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:39pm

Bali bombing widow relives tragedy a decade on

Polly Brooks

The 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings falls on Friday, and for Polly Brooks it is a day that will take all her courage to bear.

The Briton narrowly escaped death when two bombs were detonated at Kuta Beach, ripping apart Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club shortly after 11.30pm on October 12, 2002.

Among the 202 people killed was Polly's husband Dan Miller, a 31-year-old lawyer.

7 Oct 2012 - 3:49am