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Deadly Explosions on Indonesian Island of Bali


At least 12 people have been killed and many more injured in several bomb explosions on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

A spokesman for Indonesia's foreign ministry Marty Natalegawa says the blasts today Saturday are believed to be the work of terrorists, calculated to result in the maximum number of casualties. He said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is on his way to Bali to help coordinate the investigation of what happened.

Details are still sketchy, but foreigners are believed to be among the dead. Two explosions are reported to have taken place on Jimbaran beach, home to a number of restaurants popular with foreign tourists.

At least one blast also was reported at a shopping center in the nearby town of Kuta. Kuta was the site of the October 12, 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.

In recent months, President Yudhoyono has called for increased security, saying September and October seem to be favored months for terror attacks.

The Islamic extremist group, Jemaah Islamiyah, claimed credit for the 2002 attack, as well as two others -- an attack in August 2003 that killed 12 people at a Marriott hotel in Jakarta, and another in September 2004 that killed 10 people at Indonesia's Australian embassy.

Information for this report is provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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