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Statement on 10th anniversary of Bali bombings

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On the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings, Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a statement.

Commemorations are being held to mark the bombings 10 years ago that killed 202 people.

Later today Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Hugo Swire will lay a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the attack on Horse Guard’s Road.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

A decade ago today in Bali, one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in history claimed the lives of 202 innocent people from 23 countries, including 28 from Britain. As the London memorial states, they were robbed of life, but their spirit enriches ours. Our thoughts remain with their families on this tragic anniversary.

Just like 9/11 in America and 7/7 in London, the attack on Bali was an attack on us all. It taught us just how the security of our countries is now so inevitably intertwined. But it also showed us that we can and must stand together, united against those who threaten our way of life with extremist attacks. In the ten years since that terrible day, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim population on the planet, has firmly rejected extremism and shown us all that religion and democracy can live side by side.