Aussie PM pays tribute to Bali bombing victims, helpers

Aussie PM pays tribute to Bali bombing victims, helpers

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wrapped up his Indonesia trip for the APEC Summit by visiting the Bali bombing memorial site, popularly known as Ground Zero, on Jl. Legian, Kuta.

The 40-minute visit took place Wednesday morning, just three days before the 11th anniversary of the bombing that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Accompanied by Australian First Lady Margaret Abbott, he laid a green and yellow flower arrangement at the monument.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, accompanying Abbot, placed a red and white flower arrangement at the site. They party took a moment of silence in front of the remembrance pool.

"It is fitting and appropriate that the Australian prime minister, in Bali for APEC, should take some time to attend this spot, sacred to the memory of so many people, to honour the dead, to commiserate with those who were injured on that night and who still bear the scars, physical and mental, and to acknowledge all of their loved ones who bear the pain of that terrible day to this moment," Abbott said.

Abbot conveyed his tribute to all Australian, Balinese and other Indonesian victims, as well as the myriad helpers that terrible night.

"I should just pay a further tribute to all of the Australians who were victims, all of the Australians who were helpers, all of the Balinese and Indonesian who were victims, all of the Indonesian and Balinese people who were helpers on that night. And indeed on the night of the second Bali bombing as well," he said.

The resort island has suffered two large-scale terrorist attacks. In 2002, an al-Qaeda affiliated cell organised an attack targeting two popular nightclubs in Kuta using suicide bombers and a powerful car bomb. The attack killed at least 202 people, mostly foreigners.

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