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Indonesian Muslims Condemn Bali Bombing

Nadhlatul Ulama Calls for Quick Police Action to Catch Perpetrators.

(10/14/2002) A leading organization of Indonesian Moslems, Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) has roundly condemned the Saturday, October 12, 2002, bombing in Bali, calling on police authorities to spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.

According to Masduki Baidlowi, the Vice Secretary General of the PBNU, the Bali attacks have only served to worsen Indonesia's international image, incorrectly portraying the country nest for terrorists.

In comments made at the East Java regional conference of the PBNU in Pasuran, East Java on Sunday, October 13, Masduki, in comments reported in Tempo on Line, expressed his concern that the latest bomb attack would only worsen the country's investment climate and cripple the national tourism industry.

PBNU is therefore calling on the police authorities to solve the Bali bombings. Masduki pointed to recent successful peace making trips organized by PBNU including leaders of the Christian, Catholic, Hindu and Buddhist faiths to Sulawesi and Ambon, saying the bombing in Bali represented a body blow to such efforts to re-establish inter-faith harmony in the community.