Operation ALLIANCE: 2002 Bali Bombings

Operation ALLIANCE: 2002 Bali Bombings

October 12, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings - an event which forever shaped the lives of many Australians and ultimately shaped the future of the Australian Federal Police. This four-part podcast series takes you inside the joint AFP-INP (Indonesian National Police) investigation known as Operation ALLIANCE and how it changed the landscape for international police collaboration, how it changed the AFP, and how it changed the lives of those men and women involved. Learn more about Operation ALLIANCE: afp.gov.au/bali.


September 12, 2022 3 min

When three separate explosions rocked the tourist destination of Bali on October 12, 2002, the lives of many Australians were changed forever. It also proved a major turning point for the Australian Federal Police as the organisation began one of the most significant operations in its history. Hosted by veteran journalist Ray Martin, Operation ALLIANCE: 2002 Bali Bombings is an historic four-part series taking you inside this joint...

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When three separate explosions rocked the popular tourist hotspot of Kuta on the night of October 12, 2002, the ensuing chaos in the streets was echoed back in Australia. As the AFP learned of the devastation, they quickly assembled expert investigative and forensic teams, as well as victim identification, media, and family liaison units to deploy to the crime scenes. In doing so, they began one of the most significant and life-cha...

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September 27, 2022 45 min

AFP forensic investigators examining the crime scenes in Kuta 2002 were tasked with  looking for clues amid some nightmarish scenarios. In the weeks following the bombings, Operation ALLIANCE would bring together hundreds of personnel in Bali and many more back in Australia, among them victim identification experts, family liaison officers, and forensic investigators, who would all need to rely on their years of experience and some...

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October 4, 2022 43 min

Operation ALLIANCE was an extraordinary team effort and one of the largest collaborations ever witnessed by Australian law enforcement. In this episode, more untold stories from within the AFP and those involved in the 2002 Bali bombings investigation will detail just how vital those collaborations were in order to bring about results and lay the foundations for what ultimately became a significant turning point in the history of t...

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October 11, 2022 48 min

20 years on, the men and women involved in Operation ALLIANCE reflect on their lasting and poignant images of a history-defining period and how the AFP is working to help prevent the next phase in the evolution of terrorism. For these men and women, and those across the AFP, the victims of the Bali bombings will always be remembered. Their families, along with survivors and their families, will never be forgotten, neither will the ...

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