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The bombings, which killed 202 people from more than 20 countries, targeted foreign tourists visiting the island.

Hundreds of mourners and survivors commemorated the 20th anniversary The bombing killed more than 200 people on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Grieving families, survivors of the attack and representatives from several embassies attended a memorial service in Kuta, Bali’s popular tourist hub on Wednesday, where a group involved Al-Qaeda-linked detonated a bomb on October 12, 2002, resulting in Southeast Asia deadliest terrorist attack.

Most of the victims of the bombing were foreign tourists from more than 20 countries, but Australia suffered the most with 88 deaths, followed by 38 Indonesian citizens and more than 20 from the UK.

“It’s okay that some people have forgotten what happened 20 years ago but there are real victims, there are children who lost their parents in the bombing,” said 47-year-old victim Thiolina Marpaung, one of the victims. hold a memorial service. told AFP.

“I don’t want them to be forgotten.”

Local group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), an organization with links to al-Qaeda, was blamed for the bombings, which took place at two popular nighttime locations on the island and took all the victims. Another device exploded harmlessly outside the US consulate.

All top culprits of the attacks in Bali were either carried out, killed by the police or imprisoned.

The Indonesian government is considering a Early release for Bali Bomber Umar Patek. He’s only served half of his 20-year prison sentence.

Jakarta did not release him after angry Australia and relatives of the victim who said he was awaiting release caused fresh injuries before they marked the anniversary.

At a ceremony at Australia’s Parliament House in the nation’s capital Canberra on Wednesday, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong greeted Indonesian Ambassador Siswo Pramono, who was among the dignitaries.

“Ambassador, on behalf of the Australian government, I warmly welcome you and acknowledge the strength, courage and cooperation of our two peoples,” Wong said in Bahasa, Indonesia’s official language.

“Today, we remember what was done. Today, we remember what was lost. And we wonder what might happen if they all return home,” added Wong.

Pramono said the attack had created a “better and stronger relationship” between Indonesia and Australia.

“Twenty years ago, today, a heinous crime happened and it was one of the saddest days in Indonesian history,” Pramono told the meeting.

“Family and friends have been left with utter grief and although so many of our hearts have been broken and our loved ones have been taken, there are some things a terrorist cannot take. away: our love and compassion for others and the idea that people add Pramono.

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