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This Happened — October 12: Bali Nightclub Bombings

The Bali nightclub bombings happened on this day in 2002.

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What were the Bali nightclub bombings?

The Bali nightclub bombings were a series of terrorist attacks that targeted popular nightclubs in the resort area of Kuta and resulted in a significant loss of life and extensive damage. There were two main bombs involved in the Bali nightclub bombings. The first bomb was detonated in a backpack inside Paddy's Pub in Kuta, while the second, more powerful bomb was detonated in a van parked outside the Sari Club, located nearby.

How many casualties were there at the Bali nightclub bombings?

The bombings resulted in a devastating loss of life and injuries. A total of 202 people from various nationalities were killed, including Indonesians and foreign tourists. Hundreds more were injured, many of them severely.

Who was responsible for the Bali nightclub bombings?

The terrorist group responsible for the Bali nightclub bombings was Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a Southeast Asian extremist organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda. The attack was orchestrated by JI's leaders, including Hambali and Mukhlas.

How did Indonesia respond to the Bali nightclub bombings?

The Indonesian government condemned the attacks and launched a massive investigation to identify and apprehend those responsible. They also increased security measures and cooperated with international efforts to combat terrorism. The bombings prompted Indonesia to take counterterrorism more seriously. They also led to increased regional cooperation among countries in Southeast Asia in the fight against terrorism and resulted in the dismantling of terrorist networks and cells in the region.

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