Attacks on Soft Targets

All is Fair in TerrorismOn 12 October 2002 close to midnight, bombs ripped through two popular bars, Paddy’s and Sari Club, at Kuta Beach, and a third outside the United States Consulate in Depansar, Bali, Indonesia. The first was a smaller suicide bomb at Paddy’s causing the patrons to rush outside after which a second and larger vehicle bomb exploded outside Sari Club. The second bomb left a crater a meter deep, and together the bombs caused the deaths of 202 civilians, most of whom were tourists. The third bomb was not fatal.  The perpetrators were members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group closely affiliated to Al-Qaeda (AQ). Most of the perpetrators or Bali bombers as they came to be known, were eventually killed, captured, tried and executed but they had succeeded in not only causing grief and carnage through the gruesome attack but also in creating fear of further attacks in Bali, prompting tourists to reconsider the destination causing economic hardship for the tourist…

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