96 | In the worst attack on civilians since 9/11, a bomb exploded through a nightclub popular with foreign tourists on the Indonesian island of Bali. The blast killed at least 180 people, including Australians, New Zealanders, Germans, Norwegians, Italians, Britons, and Americans. A second bomb exploded almost simultaneously near a U.S. consular office in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, but no one was hurt. The bombings came on the second anniversary of the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole off the coast of Yemen that killed 17 sailors. Plastic explosive evidence suggested a link to the militant group Jemaah Islamiah, Islamic radicals with close links to al-Qaeda. "I think we have to assume it's al-Qaeda," said President Bush. The State Department had been warning the Indonesian government for weeks that Islamic militants might strike at American targets. After the attack in Bali, U.S. officials moved immediately to pull nonessential diplomats and embassy families from Indonesia.