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Remains of Bali Bomb Attack Cremated

Slowly, Remains of all the October Bombing Victims are Laid to Rest.

(3/1/2003) On Saturday, March 01, 2003 some 185 body parts belonging to the victims of the October 12th terror attack on Bali were cremated at the Mumbul Cemetery, located just off the road connecting Bali's airport and the Nusa Dua area.

The body part were formally released by the Disaster Victim Identification Team responsible for forensic identification of the bombing fatalities. 43 remaining body parts continue to be housed at the Sanglah General Hospital (RSUP) morgue, pending final disposition by the investigating authorities.

In accordance with local tradition, permission to conduct the cremation was also sought from the interment authorities of the Bandung Regency under whose jurisdiction the RSUP falls. On Friday, the day before the cremation ceremony, prayers were offered in a Hindu ceremony held in Pakrama Village presided over by three Hindu priests.

The remains, placed in two wooden caskets wrapped in white cloth, required approximately two hours each to be rendered into ashes that were then transported to the Padang Galak's Sunrise Beach area of Bali and scattered into the sea.

The cremation ceremony was attended by the local public as well as local government officials and representatives from foreign consuls with offices in Bali.

Police authorities now estimate 202 people lost their lives in the bombing outrage.