Saturday, October 01, 2005

The latest from the religion of peace: Bali bombed again

Series of Explosions Hit Tourist Areas on Bali

BALI, Indonesia (Oct. 1) Bombs exploded almost simultaneously Saturday in two tourist areas of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 22 people and wounding 51 others, police and hospital officials said.

The victims included at least two Americans.

The blasts at Jimbaran beach and a bustling outdoor shopping center in downtown Kuta "were clearly the work of terrorists," police Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terrorism official, told The Associated Press.

The blasts occurred nearly three years to the day that bomb attacks in Kuta killed 202 people, mostly foreigners. Those attacks were blamed on the al-Qaida-linked terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Putu Putra Wisada, spokesman at the Sangla Hospital in the capital, Denpasar, said 11 dead were taken to the hospital and 38 others were admitted with injuries _ eight Australians, two Americans and 28 Indonesians.

A receptionist at the Graha Asih Hospital close to Jimbaran Bay said at least eight bodies were in its morgue, and that doctors were treating at least 13 other people.

"It's a horrible scene," said the receptionist, Komang.

The nationalities of the dead were not immediately known.

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