September 9, 2004


Terrorists behind fatal bomb blast (The Age, September 9, 2004)

A powerful car bomb which exploded today outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing at least six people, was a terrorist attack on Australia, the federal government said.

While no Australians were injured, more than 100 other people were reported wounded in the explosion in the Indonesian capital, which local police confirmed was caused by a bomb.

"It is clearly a terrorist attack, it was outside the Australian embassy, you would have to conclude that it was directed towards Australia," Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in Adelaide.

The bomb exploded metres from the embassy's main entrance, tearing the heavily-fortified gates apart and shattering windows in the building.

The blast was audible up to 15 km away, Indonesian television reported.

Prime Minister John Howard said in Melbourne the death toll "could be six", while hospital officials in Jakarta said at least six were dead.

Time for the Aussies to take the test that Spaniards failed. It will likely be our turn before November.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2004 8:17 AM

Since the bombing both major parties have been competing for votes based on who is tougher on terror. The rhetoric could come from the WWE.

No Pollo Castellano Down Under.

Posted by: Bart at September 9, 2004 10:17 AM

Both parties are anxious not to take a backward step. A bit different from Spain, but the idiot Spaniards have let alot of Muslims in. In the end, appeasment is just alot easier than organising an ethnic clensing campaign like the Serbs did.

Posted by: Amos at September 9, 2004 12:05 PM

>It will likely be our turn before November.

As soon as I heard the Spanish election results, I knew it wasn't likely, it was guaranteed.

It worked in Spain, didn't it?

Posted by: Ken at September 9, 2004 12:25 PM

Um, will this really impact Australia any more than the African embassy bombings affected America? Doesn't seem in the same ballpark as the Madrid bombings...

Posted by: brian at September 9, 2004 3:06 PM


everyone wants in on 9-11.

Posted by: oj at September 9, 2004 4:03 PM
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