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11/4/02 - INTERNATIONAL CRIME ALERT: BALI BOMBERS - 2002-11-05


On October 12th, a powerful car bomb exploded at the Paddy and the Sari nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia. More than one hundred-eighty people were killed. Hundreds of others are wounded or missing. The victims include men, women, and children from more than a dozen countries, including Britain, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Ecuador, Canada, and the United States. Many are Australian citizens.

"The wanton, cruel, barbaric character of what occurred [in Bali on October 12th] has shocked our nation to the core," said Australia's Prime Minister John Howard. "We will do everything in our power to bring to justice those who were responsible for this foul deed," he said. Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair told the British parliament that terrorists "do not discriminate between young and old, East and West, black and white, Christian and Muslim. They will kill anyone of any race, creed, or color. They respect no frontiers. They have no inhibitions in murdering the innocent. Indeed they rejoice in it."

President George W. Bush called the Bali terrorist bombing a "cowardly act designed to create terror and chaos." The world, he said, "must confront this global menace -- terrorism. . . . We must call this despicable act by its rightful name -- murder."

The United States is working closely with authorities in many countries to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the Bali attack and other acts of terrorism. A reward of up to twenty-five million dollars may be paid for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network. To date, the U.S. has paid over nine-million five-hundred thousand dollars for such information.

The identities of individuals who provide information about terrorist attacks or terrorists will be protected. They and their families may be eligible for relocation within the U.S. Anyone with information concerning the Bali terrorist attack should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Or call Rewards for Justice at 1-800-877-3927. Informants may email at www.rewardsforjustice.net or write Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C. 20522-0303 U.S.A.

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