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3 Executed by Firing Squad for Bali Bombings

Three men convicted in the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people and spurred the Indonesian government to act more forcefully against Islamic militants were executed by a firing squad early Sunday morning, the Indonesian attorney general’s office said (The New York Times).

Tied side by side to wooden posts, the bombers — Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Mukhlas, also known as Ali Ghufron — were simultaneously shot in a field on a small prison island off western Java, officials said.

The executions brought an end to years of uncertainty about the fate of the three men, who were convicted in 2003 but whose deaths was put off many times because of government fears about a political or terrorist backlash.

The American and Australian Embassies received anonymous threats last week warning that they would be
attacked if the executions were carried out (The New York Times).

The bombers are the first Muslim extremists to be executed under new laws passed here in 2003 that impose the death penalty for terrorist attacks.

Amnesty International said the executions should be the last time Indonesia uses the death penalty (The Manila Times). The Bali attack was the bloodiest in a sustained period of al-Qaeda-inspired jihadist violence in the world’s most populous Muslim country, including a car bombing on the Australian Embassy in 2004.

The alleged mastermind, Malay­sian extremist Noordin Mohammad Top, is still at large