On this day in October 2002, reports from the Indonesian holiday Island of Bali said more than 50 people were killed in two explosions.
At least 10 foreigners died and more than 120 people were injured, including tourists from Australia, the US, Britain and Europe.
One of the bombs exploded at a nightclub in Kuta Beach, the is- land’s main tourist resort. Another smaller explosion occurred in nearby Denpasar, Bali’s capital, close to the United States Honorary Consulate.
Local police said bomb squad officers were investigating, although the cause of the explosions was not confirmed.
The explosion in Kuta occurred at about 2330 local time when the bars would have been packed with tourists.
Witnesses said the blast destroyed the Sari Club and the resulting fire then engulfed a neighbouring bar, Paddy’s Irish Club. Other buildings and several cars were also damaged in the blast and ensuing fire.
One witness, Richard Poore, a cameraman for a New Zealand TV company, said the force of the explosion was so strong it severely damaged his hotel nearly one kilometre away.
“The windows of the hotel blew out, the upper floors have lost their ceilings and dropped in and there was an incredible amount of smoke in the sky,” he said.