No. 4 Bali 2002
On October 12, 2002, the two-year anniversary of the USS Cole bombing, an Indonesian terrorist group carried out the most brazen attack on a western target located on the soils of a Muslim-majority nation. The combination of a suicide bomb and a car bomb claimed the lives of 202 resort guests and workers in Kuta on the island of Bali. Most of the killed and over 300 injured were holiday-making westerners, including 88 Australians. The death toll also included 38 Indonesians, as well as 24 British and citizens of 19 other nations. Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamist group allegedly led by radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir that has links to al-Qaeda, was responsible for carrying out the attacks. A week after the blasts, al-Jazeera broadcast an audio cassette purportedly carrying a recorded voice message from Osama Bin Laden saying that the Bali bombings were in direct retaliation for support of the United States' war on terror and Australia's role in the liberation of East Timor. The aftermath of the bombing finally came to a close three weeks ago when the convicted masterminds of the bombing, Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron, were executed by firing squad. The condemned showed no remorse or repentance and shouted: Allahu Akbar, or "God is great!" immediately before their executions. And when their bodies returned home, they were greeted with a hero's welcome for martyrs.