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In Jakarta, Survivors Recall Australia Embassy Blast

  • Andy Lala

Nanda Olivia Daniel, a survivor of the 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy, commemorates event, Jakarta, Sept. 9, 2014 (Photo:VOA/Andylala).

Nanda Olivia Daniel, a survivor of the 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy, commemorates event, Jakarta, Sept. 9, 2014 (Photo:VOA/Andylala).

A crowd gathered outside the Australian Embassy in Indonesia Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of a terrorist bombing that claimed nine lives and wounded 141 other people.

Survivors and family members returned to the attack site to lay wreaths and remember the dead in a brief, somber ceremony.

One of the survivors, Nanda Olivia Daniel, was getting off a bus when the bomb exploded 10 years ago, sending her to the hospital for a month before being flown to Australia for reconstructive surgery. She tells VOA's Indonesian service that she and other survivors hope for peace.

"We hope that there will be no more bomb attacks in Indonesia," she said. "And no one will be persuaded to join this terrorist organization.”

The 2004 blast outside the Australian Embassy was the third major attack against foreign targets in Indonesia, after the 2002 Bali bombing and the bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in 2003. The militant group Jemaah Islamiyah was suspected in all three attacks.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Indonesian service.

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