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October 11, 2012
THIS month many people around the
world will pause to remember the
hundreds of people who were killed
10 years ago in the Bali bombings.
Late on October 12, 2002, the holi-
day island was shaken by two bombs
exploded by terrorists outside a night-
club and in a bar in Kuta, killing 202
locals and tourists and injuring many
Eighty-eight Australians died that
night and more than 60 were injured.
The Sari Club was levelled when a
massive bomb loaded into a van parked
outside was detonated just after 11pm.
In Paddy's Bar, a suicide bomber deto-
nated a backpack loaded with explo-
sives just 20 seconds earlier.
Support to the Bali explosion
victims from the ADF was immedi-
ate, with medical staff despatched by
Hercules on Operation Bali Assist
During the next few days, five
Hercules and associated aeromedi-
cal evacuation (AME) teams were
deployed to Bali to treat and retrieve
Australians injured in the blasts.
These aircraft transported urgently
needed medical stores to Darwin and
flew six sorties from Denpasar in Bali
during the operation, airlifting 66 casu-
All known serious casualties were
evacuated from Bali by October 15 and
the majority were moved to southern
The ADF provided five medical
teams, totalling 41 medical personnel,
to assist in patient treatment and care,
prioritisation and coordinating transfer
of casualties to Darwin.
Despite the efforts of the AME
team, one evacuee died on board the
aircraft from abdominal wounds suf-
fered in the blast.
Other ADF support included flying
two ambulances to Bali, where they
were used to ferry casualties from hos-
LASTING HORROR: The devastation caused by the October 12, 2002, blasts in Kuta.
Photo: Courtesy of AFP
Two Navy personnel share
their experiences of assisting
after the 2002 bombings
pitals to the Denpasar airport for load-
ing onto aircraft.
Six storage refrigerators, plus sup-
port equipment and two ADF opera-
tors, were also flown into Bali to pre-
serve the bodies of victims.
Two chaplains, one Air Force and
one Army, were initially deployed to
Bali to provide pastoral care for the
victims of the bombing. Two more
arrived on October 16.
Three ADF Indonesian linguists
were also deployed to Bali on October
16 to provide liaison and interpreter
support to DFAT, AFP and local
Defence staff from the Consular
Mission, working around the clock,
assisted DFAT and other agencies on
Memorial services will be held
around Australia and some people
involved will return to Bali to take part
in a ceremony there.
A memorial service will be held in Bali at
the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
at 6am on October 12. A service will also
be held in Canberra at the Great Hall in
Parliament House at 9.30am on October
12. Further details at www.dfat.gov.au/bali-
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