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Families' horror at Bali blasts
Bomb damaged restaurant in Kuta, Bali
The latest bombings have appalled victims' relatives of the 2002 blasts
The families of Britons who died in the 2002 Bali bombings have spoken of their horror at the latest blasts on the Indonesian island.

"Our hearts just go out to the people who have been injured or who have lost loved ones," said Susanna Miller, of the UK Bali Bombings Victims Group.

Tobias Ellwood MP, whose brother Jonathan died in the 2002 blasts, said it was a "horrific reminder".

The explosions on 12 October 2002 killed 202, including 28 Britons.

"We're all preparing ourselves for the third anniversary and it's a terribly emotional time but this brings back dreadful memories," said Susanna Miller.

"Somehow it has been on the cards. There have been two big bombings in Jakarta, and it was clear there were terrorist cells operating in Indonesia. To an extent it's not surprising but it's a great tragedy."

Tobias Ellwood
I remember what we went through and it was horrific
Tobias Ellwood

She said the group had been upset at a decision by the Indonesian government in August to show clemency and shorten the sentences of 19 of the 24 bombers.

"At the time we said what a very poor message it sent out and this is clearly the case," she said.

Conservative MP for Bournemouth East Tobias Ellwood said: "This was clearly planned to coincide with the anniversary for maximum response.

"It's a stark and horrific reminder of the events of three years ago and how much still needs to be done to deal with terrorism, whether in Bali or in London.

"My immediate reaction is sympathy for the families. I remember what we went through and it was horrific.

"We had no help at all so I'm pleased to see the Foreign Office has sent a team there straight away this time around.

There have been terrible terrorist attacks since Bali and I'm afraid there will be more to come in the future.
Jenny Record

"I also feel sympathy for the Balinese who have been hit again. This will be devastating for their economy, just as they were getting off their knees from last time."

He added that Indonesia giving clemency to convicted terrorists "did not send a strong message to the rest of the world that they are taking the problems of terrorism seriously".

"Indonesia needs to put up its hand and say it is not able to cope with terrorist threats and needs help," he said.

'Never forget'

Jenny Record, whose son Pete was killed in 2002, said: "I'm appalled by this. We will never forget that day and this brings back memories of that awful time.

"There have been terrible terrorist attacks since Bali and I'm afraid there will be more to come in the future."

Alex Braden, whose son Daniel also died, said he was appalled a "soft target" had been chosen again.

"I'm sure that they have chosen to strike around the third anniversary to show that they are still active, it's quite awful frankly."

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