Death toll in Bali put at 26

KUTA, Indonesia, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The death toll stands at 26 from a series of three bombs that struck two resorts in Bali.

Two bombs went off in Jimbaran Beac and a third in the town of Kuta, about 20 miles away.


While no one has claimed credit for the bombings, they resembled other attacks blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah. The militant Islamist group, which has ties to As Qaida, was responsible for the 2002 bombings at nightclubs in Kuta that killed 200 people, many of them Australian tourists.

Saturday's death toll was far lower. CNN cited hospital authorities who put the toll at 26 dead with scores injured.

A majority of the victims appear to be Indonesians but at least three Australians and visitors from the United States, Japan and Britain are believed to be among the dead.

Bali, a largely Hindu area in the country with the world's largest Muslim population, is heavily dependent on tourism. The bombs are another blow to an island hit hard by the 2002 attack.

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