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Victims of Bali Bombings Remembered at Memorial Services - 2002-10-15

Three days after the deadly bombing that tore apart a tourist area in Bali, memorial services are being held for the victims. At least 180 people died and more than 300 were injured in what the Indonesian government calls the worst terrorist attack ever in the country.

Mourners sing at a memorial service at a Hindu temple in the city of Denpasar - near the site of Saturday's deadly bombing. Hundreds of people gathered to sing, pray and remember those killed. A sunset service was also held at the site of the bombing. Foreigners and Indonesians lit candles and made offerings of incense and flowers just meters away from the two bars destroyed in the blast.

Many witnesses report hearing two explosions, first a small one, and then the second that caused the worst damage. The fires started by the explosions spread through the neighborhood.

Mourners have placed floral wreaths at the Australian consulate office. Banners have been hung up around town to honor the victims and to denounce terrorism.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and another top official laid wreaths at the site of the attack. Officials say it will take weeks before the remains of all the victims can be identified and returned to their families. The victims are from at least half a dozen countries. Mr. Downer left Bali for the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where he met with President Megawati Sukarnoputri and security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He is offering assistance to the Indonesian government, and calling for it to do everything it can to bring the perpetrators to justice.

More than 40 officials with the Australian Federal Police and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation are in Bali to look into the bombing.

Indonesian and Australian officials say the attack probably was the work of local groups working with the al-Qaida terror network. But they have presented no evidence to back up that assertion. Suspicion has fallen on the Indonesian militant group Jemaah Islamiah. Regional governments and Washington say the group is linked to al-Qaida. In the past several months, they have urged Indonesia to go after the group's suspected leader, cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. Jakarta says it lacks enough evidence to arrest Mr. Bashir. Mr. Bashir denies having links to al-Qaida or any connection to the bombing. He says it is likely that the U.S. carried out the attack to justify a crackdown against Muslim groups.