Recent Bombings in Bali Kill at Least 22
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IAN WILLIAMS: The procession arrived in a small temple complex; the coffin in an elaborate funeral tower, carried by the men; the women bringing offerings of food and flowers. Amid the color, music and grief, they prepared to cremate the body of Egosti Sudana, one of 14 Balinese confirmed dead. He’d been the head waiter at Raja Restaurant in Kuta.
Friends say Sudana had been about to challenge the suicide bomber, caught on the far right in this amateur video moments before he triggered his bomb. The video was shot by an Australian tourist as he entered Raja with his family. And leaving for home, they spoke of how lucky they were to survive.
GARY SHAW: I was just happening to walk around a camera, I guess; it wasn’t deliberately done or anything. I was just taking family video and it just happened to turn out that way, yeah.
ERIKA SHAW: You know I just ducked, and it was just like everything in slow motion, and it was though it wasn’t happening. As soon as I got down there, I thought, “bomb.”
IAN WILLIAMS: Forensic teams have continued to sift through the debris at Raja. And also at the two restaurants bombed on Jimbaran Beach where the bombers simply walked up from the beach to the crowded open air tables. The Indonesians have been joined by Australian experts, a combination that’s quickly captured those behind the 2002 Bali blasts. The man in charge again is Bali Police Chief Mangku Pastika.
IAN WILLIAMS: How is the investigation going?
MANGKU PASTIKA: It is going good. We came to the conclusion already that all these bombs are suicide bombs. And now we are trying to get the identity of these people.
IAN WILLIAMS: He told me he’s hunting the bomb maker and support team but he doesn’t think it was a large terror cell.
IAN WILLIAMS: Do you think you are dealing with a quite big team of terrorists?
MANGKU PASTIKA: Oh no. No.
IAN WILLIAMS: Small team.
MANGKU PASTIKA: Small team.
IAN WILLIAMS: The police believe they have broken the back of the main suspect group, Jama Islamir, blamed for the 2002 bombs and say the latest blasts may be the work of a splinter team. In an effort to identify the bombers, Pastika’s team has displayed gruesome pictures of their severed heads, which we have blurred.
This evening close to Jimbaran beach, a solemn ceremony to cast away the evil spirits; holy water sprinkled on the restaurants that were bombed on Saturday. It took three years for Bali to recover from the 2002 blasts. And once again, the livelihood of the island is at stake.