BILAMBIL?S Patrick Byron at home yesterday takes a break from his HSC studies to reflect on the latest Bali bombings.
BILAMBIL?S Patrick Byron at home yesterday takes a break from his HSC studies to reflect on the latest Bali bombings.

Our Bali fear

By ED SOUTHORN

and AAP

A LOCAL college yesterday cancelled a Year 12 schoolies week trip to Bali as the latest terrorist bomb attacks sent shock waves around the country.

About 40 students from St Joseph's College, Banora Point had planned to make the trip.

But lateyesterday school co-captain Patrick Byron, of Bilambil Heights, confirmed they would not go after a day of telephone calls involving mates and parents.

"Most of us were having second thoughts anyway,'' he said. ''But now it's off for sure.''

Byron said one of the pupil's parents, a travel agent, had agreed to refund monies already paid.

There were also concerns yesterday for Banora Point couple Tony and Joan Radanavic who are holidaying at Legian, not far from the Kuta blasts. But they were not injured, according to Tony's friend Adam McGrath.

Three Australians are believed dead after suicide bombers struck Bali for the second time in three years, attacking three restaurants packed with tourists and Indonesians.

At least 25 people were killed and more than 100 injured when near-simultaneous bombs exploded in restaurants at Kuta and on the seafront at Jimbaran Bay.

The explosives were apparently strapped to the bombers' waists and packed with ball-bearings and other shrapnel.

Suspicion fell immediately on the al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network.

"It's an indiscriminate murderous attack. The people who did it don't care about who they hurt or kill," said Prime Minister John Howard.

The Australians killed included a 16-year-old boy from Busselton in Western Australia, some of whose family were also injured, and a 48-year-old woman from Newcastle. A third Australian was also believed dead but had not been confirmed by authorities.

Most of the dead were Indonesians. At least 15 Australians were among the wounded.

The critically injured, including one Australian, were being airlifted to hospitals in Singapore. Another 13 Australians were being assessed. Some may have been flown home last night.

The first injured Australians were expected to arrive in Darwin last night.

The bomb attacks came just days before the third anniversary of the October 12, 2002, Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

McGrath said he had received a text message from Radanavic about 8.30am yesterday saying he and his wife were safe.

Radanavic, a former Daily News and Radio 97 employee, is the Gold FM radio station Tweed office retail sales manager.

"He's pretty indestructible, but I was really worried about them and I texted him very late on Saturday night," Adam said.

Two Gold Coast police officers who also are in Bali on leave are understood to be okay.



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