Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the Indonesian island of Bali today to mark the 10th anniversary of nightclub bombings that killed 202 people amid concerns that terrorists would target the event.
The attacks, which killed 88 Australians, brought the two countries closer than ever before, Gillard said, according to prepared remarks distributed to reporters. Indonesia and Australia worked together to rescue and heal the victims and dismantle the terrorist network responsible, she said.
“There is a grim reassurance in knowing that the terrorists did not achieve what they set out to do,” Gillard said. “They did not undermine Indonesian democracy, which has only grown stronger across the passage of a decade.”
Indonesia deployed about 2,400 security personnel to secure today’s memorial service after indications of a threat, National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said yesterday. In the past few years, police killed the alleged masterminds of the attack, Noordin Top and Dulmatin, who were both tied to Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda linked group.