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The Bali Bombings: 20 Years On

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It’s been 20 years since the Bali bombings killed 202 people, including 88 Australians

BALI BOMBINGS- On that fateful evening of October 12, 2002, bars and nightclubs were packed with tourists out to enjoy a good time.

No one could have predicted the devastation that was about to unfold.

In the ensuing hours, a series of coordinated bomb attacks would tear through the vibrant heart of Bali, leaving carnage and destruction in their wake.

The bombings – carried out by a terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda – were the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia’s history.

For those who lost loved ones in the attacks, the pain is still raw. For the survivors, many of whom were left with life-changing injuries, the memories are just as vivid as ever.

The fateful night


The Sari Club was one of the busiest nightclubs in Bali on any given night. On October 12, it was no different. The club was full of people from all over the world – Australia, England, New Zealand and America – enjoying drinks and dancing to live music.

At around 11pm, a suicide bomber walked into the club and detonate his explosives. In an instant, the lives of everyone inside were changed forever.

The force of the blast ripped through the club, killing scores of people and injuring countless others. Some were lucky to escape with minor injuries; others were not so fortunate. Ambulances rushed to the scene but for many, it was already too late.

A second bomb exploded outside Paddy’s Pub just minutes later. The smaller blast caused less damage but claimed more lives; among those killed was 21-year-old Queenslander Josh Rykersingh.

With scenes of devastation all around them, panicked survivors fled into the streets trying to make sense of what had just happened.

Many had no idea where their friends or family were; all they knew was that they had to get out of there as fast as they could.

The end of 2002 was supposed to be a time of celebration for Kingsley Football Club. However, seven of their teammates were killed in the bombings.

Picture by Kingsley Football Club

It has been 20 years since that fateful night in Bali but for those who were there, and those who lost loved ones in the bombings, the memories are just as vivid as ever.

In an instant, 202 people from all over the world lost their lives in a senseless act of terrorism – 88 of them Australian citizens.

Bali Bombing memorial, Kuta

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

 
Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

 
Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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