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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 05:49 GMT 06:49 UK
Bali marks 2002 bomb anniversary
By Rachel Harvey
BBC News, Jakarta

Relatives and friends of victims remember those who lost their lives, at a memorial service in Sydney, 12 October 2005
Commemorative events were also held in Australia
Relatives and survivors of the bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali three years ago have been commemorating the event in a simple ceremony.

The anniversary comes less than two weeks since a second attack on Bali which killed 23 people, including three suicide bombers.

Security forces were on high alert at Wednesday's event, with snipers and special anti-terror squads.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was among those paying respects.

Eighty-eight of those who died were Australians.

Matthew Arnold
I hate to think of it becoming accepted as being normal
Matthew Arnold

A small crowd of mourners gathered at Bali's Ground Zero to remember - some dressed in beach shorts, others in business suits.

They stood in front of the marble memorial to those who died to observe 202 seconds of silence, one for each of the victims of Bali's first bomb attack.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the memorial. The flags of the 22 nations affected by the bombings fluttered above.

This commemoration was planned long before the second attack on Bali, but this month's suicide bombings have added another layer of poignancy and grief to the occasion.

Mr Downer said his country was committed to helping Indonesia in its battle against militants. Our enduring friendship, he said, will see the eventual demise of the terrorist menace.

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