bomb attacks in two tourist areas on the Indonesian resort island of
Bali have killed at least 26 people - among them foreign
More than 50 others were injured as blasts ripped through three
restaurants - two in the Jimbaran beach resort, the third in Kuta
30km (19 miles) away.
Indonesia's president said terrorists were to blame for the
bombings - the second such attacks in three years.
Bombings in Kuta in 2002 killed 202 people, many of them foreign
Local TV has been showing pictures of bloodied and confused
survivors and collapsed buildings.
Local media said police had found a number of other unexploded
No group has claimed the attacks.
However, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the finger
of suspicion is already pointing towards the extremist regional
group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) which was blamed for the 2002 bombings.
Bali - a predominantly Hindu island popular with Western tourists
- represents a soft and tempting target for Islamist extremists
linked to al-Qaeda, our correspondent says.
'Chaos on streets'
Police say there were three blasts, which happened almost
simultaneously just before 2000 local (1200GMT) on Saturday.
A British tourist who was in a building next door to the
restaurant that was hit in Kuta said there was a "thunderous boom"
that caused all the shop's windows to blow out.
"It was just chaos," Daniel Martin told the BBC.
He said there were people lying in the streets with serious
injuries, with everyone pitching in to help.
Journalist Maris Bakkalupulo told the BBC that Raja's noodle and
steak restaurant at Kuta was completely gutted.
"Everything has been blasted out of the building, which is very
mangled," she said.
In Jimbaran, two outdoor beach restaurants about 100 metres
(yards) apart were targeted.
Dutch student Chris van der Draai described the panic that
"We had a bit of panic, everybody panicked," he told the BBC,
"but I think, with the first bomb, many people just stood up and
everybody ran down to the beach... and the second bomb went off, so
I think some people were very lucky that... both bombs weren't
Initial reports suggest that Indonesians bore the brunt of the
attacks, but casualties also include Australian, US, Japanese and
South Korean nationals.
"These are clearly terrorist attacks because the targets were
random and public places," said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
"We will hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice."
Official statements from the US and UK have condemned the attacks
and expressed support for the people of Bali.
The blasts come less than two weeks before the third anniversary
of massive bomb attacks that killed 202 people - including 88
JI, the group blamed for the 12 October 2002 bombings, is also
suspected of being behind a suicide bombing at the Marriott hotel in
Jakarta in 2003, and a suicide bombing at the Australian embassy
The authorities had warned that militants had been planning
further attacks on Western targets in Indonesia, although there had
been no particular alerts over the past few days.
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