Victims of Bali attacks remembered
Victims of Bali attacks remembered

As the sun rose this morning, family, friends and survivors of the Bali bombings paid their respects at the King’s Park memorial to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the attacks.

Flowers were placed at the base of the memorial’s plaque, which has the 16 West Australian victims etched as a permanent reminder of the atrocities committed.

A memorial service will be held in Bali today to commemorate the attacks.

Eighty-eight Australians were among the 202 people killed when bombs ripped through two Kuta nightclubs on October 12 in Indonesia’s worst terror attacks.

Visitors have been paying their respects at the Perth memorial throughout the morning.

Melbourne resident Agostinho Da Silva said the attacks were something he would never forget.

“I remember the day vividly,” he said.

“We were supposed to go to Bali a week after it happened. We cancelled that trip and have never gone back.”

Adelaide couple Morven and Donna Hutchensson said the memorial was a beautiful place to reflect on the attacks.

In Sydney hundreds gathered for the emotional cliff top memorial in Sydney’s eastern suburbs to remember the 20 locals killed in the 2002 bombings.

The anniversary comes as one of the key suspects in the attack was shown laughing and joking with police in Indonesia.

In an interview with the Jakarta Globe, alleged terrorist Umar Patek claimed he tried to stop the Bali bombings

The claim came as he appeared in front of cameras in Jakarta yesterday, re-enacting his escape from the Jakarta International Airport using fake documents.

In the Globe’s interview, Mr Patek said he warned Bali bomb co-ordinator Imam Samudra to cancel the Bali attacks and to instead wage violent jihad in Pakistan.

“I only advised him, but the planning for the Bali bombing was almost done and could not possibly be cancelled,” he told the newspaper.

“I was only asked for my opinion, which was that Bali wasn’t the place to do it.”

Mr Patek is about to go on trial in Indonesia.

He faces the death penalty if found guilty of the charges relating to the Bali attacks and other terrorist acts in Indonesia.

Indonesian police say he has repeatedly confessed to his role in the attacks.

The West Australian

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