The Indonesian island of Bali is bracing itself for yet another tourism void after suicide bombers targeted three crowded restaurants in Jimbayan Beach and Kuta killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 100
According to comments by investigators yesterday, the suspected masterminds behind the bombings include Azahari Bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top, both of whom are also suspected of being behind the 2002 attacks on Bali, which left 202 people dead. Both have been linked to al Qaida and both have been on Indonesia’s most wanted list since 2002.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has now warned that more attacks are possible, only adding to concerns that tourists may stay away from the island in the short term.
However, the island’s airport was said to be quiet yesterday, with little immediate sign of the massive evacuation of foreign visitors that followed in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 bombings, which devastated the island’s tourist industry.
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