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We are ready to be executed - Bali bombers

By unknown | Oct 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Heri Retnowati

Heri Retnowati

NUSAKAMBANGAN - The three Indonesians sentenced to die for the 2002 Bali blasts, which killed more than 200 people, say they are ready to be executed.

The three militants - Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Amrozi - are being held at Indonesia's top security Batu Prison. They met their relatives yesterday in what is likely to be the last visit before they are executed by firing squad.

No date has been announced for the executions, but a security source says they are expected within two months.

"People ask me, why am I smiling? I am happy because I will be united with 72 angels in heaven," said Amrozi in an interview.

"In the past I have killed many with my bombs. I have been tested by spending time in this prison, but if you make infidels angry you will be rewarded.

"And soon I will enjoy the fruit of my deeds, if I get executed, God willing," added Amrozi, who was grinning and had grown a wispy beard.

The three men, wearing traditional Muslim skull caps, met family members in the visitors' hall, watched by 20 security officers carrying rifles and surrounded by bulletproof glass. They appeared happy and in good health.

The two blasts on Bali's Kuta strip in 2002, one at Paddy's Bar, and the other at Sari Club, killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesian citizens, and devastated the resort island's tourist industry.

The attacks, blamed on Southeast Asian Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah, were intended to scare away foreigners so that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, could eventually become part of a larger Islamic caliphate. Reuters


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