Update: Terror in Paradise
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IAN WILLIAMS: As the cleanup continues, the first clues are emerging. Australian, British, and U.S. experts have joined the search, finding metal fragments that could help them determine the design of the car bomb that ripped through the night club, killing almost 200 people.
LT. COL. YATIM SUYATMO, Bali Police (Translated): We’ve examined the wreckage of the car, and we’ve also found materials from the explosion inside the night club. These are useful and have been taken by the team.
REPORTER: I mean, this is pretty crucial evidence?
LT. COL. YATIM SUYATMO: Yes. ( Translated ): Based on this evidence, we’re counting on the team to determine more about the bomb, and we hope that may lead us to those responsible.
IAN WILLIAMS: But he had no details about two Indonesians questioned today, nor about ten Pakistanis picked up briefly for preaching without a license. The police here now under intense international pressure to get results.
ALEXANDER DOWNER, Foreign Minister, Australia: I tell the governor, the Bali police commissioner, that for Australia, our overwhelming priority is to see those who perpetrated this appalling crime brought to justice, and brought to justice soon.
IAN WILLIAMS: The Australian foreign minister in Bali today visited the devastated area of Kuta, where the Sari Club once stood. Young Australians are the largest single group of dead and missing.
ALEXANDER DOWNER: What I’ve seen today is enough to break anyone’s heart. A simply shocking sight, utterly appalling, and it drives home to anybody the evil of terrorism, of mass murder that we’ve seen in Bali on the night of the 12th of October.
IAN WILLIAMS: Mr. Downer also met leaders of some of Indonesia’s biggest moderate Muslim groups, who had come to express their condolences.
ALEXANDER DOWNER: All nations stand strongly against terrorism, united against terrorism.
IAN WILLIAMS: On hand, too, the speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, who recently defended extremist Islamic groups. He wouldn’t endorse the defense minister’s view that al-Qaida is linked to the Bali bombing.
AMIEN RAIS, Speaker, Indonesian Parliament: I myself do not want to pinpoint right now, because we have to look hard first to arrest the people involved, the perpetrators, the culprits.
IAN WILLIAMS: Amid the diplomatic and political flurry, the suffering continues. Shaken tourists remembering lost friends, and their own lucky escapes.
WOMAN: I’m alive. I can’t understand why I’m alive.
IAN WILLIAMS: At Bali’s main hospital, efforts continued to preserve and hopefully identify scores of bodies, many burned beyond recognition. Distraught relatives have been arriving from abroad to assist in the painful task. (Singing) And across Bali, continuing expressions of grief and remembrance. More than 2,000 people, mostly workers from Bali’s tourist industry, marched to one of the island’s Hindu monuments. The people whose warmth and hospitality drew so many visitors here, now fear tourism will collapse, devastating their livelihoods.