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Death of Syahromi.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA128 19 November 2006

DEATH OF SYAHROMI

I was deeply saddened to hear today of the death in Jakarta of Syahromi, one of the victims of the bombing outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on 9 September 2004. Syahromi had been serving Australia as a locally employed guard at the Embassy when terrorists carried out that heinous act, which killed 10 innocent Indonesians and injured over 200 people. It was the first terrorist attack ever on an Australian diplomatic mission.

Syahromi’s sacrifice and the courage he demonstrated after the bombing will never be forgotten. Syahromi had recovered sufficiently from his injuries and returned to work at the Embassy in June 2005. I wish to express my deepest condolences to Syahromi’s wife and two children.

After being injured in the bombing, Syahromi and others injured in the attack received immediate medical, financial and other assistance under the Kuningan Bombing Victim Assistance Program (VAP) funded by AusAID. The VAP is being implemented by Aisyiyah, the women’s branch of Muhammadiyah, the second largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia.

Syahromi’s tragic death will remind us all of the threat posed by terrorists. The Australian Government stands steadfast in its commitment to combat terrorism, working closely with our regional and other partners, and recognises the continuing vigorous efforts of the Indonesian authorities to track down and punish the perpetrators of acts of terrorism.