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10/03/05 World News: Bali Investigators Hope to Identify Bombers


Authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are examining bodies and body parts to try to identify three suspected suicide bombers and several of their victims. Three explosions killed at least 26 people Saturday night in two of Bali’s popular tourist areas—Jimbaran beach and Kuta. Some victims have not yet identified, The attacks wounded at least 100 people—roughly half of them Indonesians and half foreigners.

Muslims around the world are set to begin observing the holy month of Ramadan this week. Ramadan starts when clerics see a new(crescent) moon, and often varies from country to country. This year’s observance is expected to start on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Iraqi authorities say a roadside bomb has struck the motorcade of Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Aloum, killing two of his bodyguards and seriously wounding two others. Officials say Mr. Al-Aloum was not harmed in the apparent assassination attempt. The attack occurred today in a north Baghdad neighborhood as the minister set out for the oil refining city of Beiji.

Simultaneous bomb explosions at a number of courtrooms across southern Bangladesh killed at least two people today, and police say the blasts may be linked to a nationwide wave of attacks six weeks ago.

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