Category: World / October 10, 2012 8:40 AM EDT
Bali police troops, including military personnel, gathered Wednesday ahead of a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings. Indonesian police said it had discovered signs of a planned attack targeting dignitaries at the event.
Indonesian police had deployed over 2,000 personnel in a bid to foil any violence. Australian Prime Minister Julia Giliard will be among the VIP’s at the ceremony which would be protected by security.
Muslim militants bombed Bali in 2002, killing 202 foreigners and Indonesians in an attack that shocked the Balinese, and drove a dagger in island’s tourist industry which is the back bone of the Balinese economy.
Families of victims, including 88 Australians are scheduled to gather for the ceremony to mark the anniversary of the tragic bombings. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country; the 3.9 million people of Bali are mainly Hindu.