Survivors return to mark Bali bombings 10th anniversary

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Survivors return to mark Bali bombings 10th anniversary

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A ceremony has been held to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings.

Two hundred and two people were killed when suicide bombers from Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda linked network, struck at nightclubs in the town of Kuta.

The attacks on the Indonesian island came a year after 9/11.

Among the dead were citizens of 21 countries including 88 Australians and 24 Britons.

Hundreds of survivors and familes returned to Bali for Friday’s emotional ceremony.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard flew in to pay tribute to those who died.

“Today, we gather here, we gather together to commemorate the worst terrorist attack our nation has ever known. We return here in remembrance, but we also gather in quiet defiance. We will never forget all that we lost,” Gillard told mourners.

A permanent memorial has been built on the site of one of the destroyed bars.

Jeanne Burmistar returned from Western Australia to see ground zero for herself:

“Very sad. It’s very emotional, being ten years. We lost a couple of close Balinese friends. That’s why we remember today,” she said.

Several members of the terror network were convicted for their roles in the bombings. Three men were executed by firing squad in 2008.