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Bali Bombings Marked 10 Years After Attack
Ceremonies have been held around the world to remember the 202 people who died in the Bali bombings.
The atrocity took place 10 years ago when bombs exploded in a bar and a club on the Indonesian holiday island.
The victims came from more than 20 countries, including 28 from the United Kingdom, where a memorial service was held this morning.
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said the "cold, calculated and cruel nature of the attack ... left an indelible mark on our national memory".
"The bombers hoped to spread terror, and indeed they did," he told relatives and friends of the victims at the service in central London.
"But the legacy of those times is not terror. It is the tales of bravery of those who helped rescue the survivors. It is the solidarity of people all around the world who deplored the attacks and all they stood for."
The strikes against the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar by the al Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah came one year after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
Australia lost the most people - 88 in total - in what was the worst peacetime attack on its citizens.
Families of the victims, many of whom were young holidaymakers and members of touring sports teams, made the journey to Bali seeking closure to a painful decade.
A minute's silence was held in a park in the resort of Kuta, where the names of the victims were also read out.
The ceremony was held under the watch of 2,000 police and military personnel, including snipers, after Indonesia issued its top alert due to a "credible" terror threat in Bali.
Speaking at the event, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: "Wounds and scars abound, healed and unhealed, but nothing can replace the empty seat at your table, the graduations and christenings you will never know and the fault lines that will always divide your lives in two halves - before Bali and after Bali."
Memorial services were held in Perth, Canberra and Sydney, at a memorial overlooking Coogee beach.
The 20 victims who came from the area included six young members of a rugby league team, the Coogee Dolphins. The memorial is named Dolphins Point in their honour.
Carmer Cachia, from Melbourne, who lost her son Anthony in the blasts, joined her husband Charlie in placing a heart-shaped wreath with her son's photo.
"All the memories are coming back. Ten years is a long, long time, but I still can't believe he's gone," she said. "We'll keep coming back every October. This is his place."
Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population, won praise for its law enforcement actions after the bombings and was also lauded for its response after subsequent attacks in 2005 in which 20 people were killed on the island.
The bombs forced Indonesia to confront the presence of a small but dedicated group of followers of Osama bin Laden bent on attacking Western targets.
In the decade since the 2002 attacks, all of the leading Bali perpetrators have been executed, killed by police in raids or jailed.