Operation Alliance: The Historic Investigation into the 2002 Bali Bombings

Australia, Police


In a tragic turn of events on October 12, 2002, three separate explosions shook the popular tourist destination of Bali, leaving Australians in shock and realizing the imminent threat of terrorism. This marked a significant moment for the Australian Federal Police (AFP), as they swiftly assembled expert investigative and forensic teams, victim identification units, and media and family liaison units to respond to the devastating crime scenes.

The enormity of the crime scene in Kuta, Bali posed a challenge for forensic investigators. However, their years of experience and intuition guided them to search for clues in unconventional places. Operation Alliance, the joint investigation into the Bali bombings, brought together over 500 personnel in Bali and more than 400 in Australia, including disaster victim identification experts, family liaison officers, and forensic investigators.

This investigation marked a turning point for the AFP, prompting them to form critical alliances with police jurisdictions around the country and the Indonesian National Police. It was an unprecedented collaborative effort, demonstrating the strength of Australian law enforcement.

Now, twenty years later, the victims of the Bali bombings will always be remembered. The AFP remains committed to supporting the families of the victims and has learned invaluable lessons from this tragic event. These lessons have shaped the AFP into leaders in counterterrorism, forensic science, disaster victim identification, and family liaison.

Operation Alliance is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the men and women involved, who reflect on their experiences during this historic period. The AFP continues its ongoing efforts to prevent future acts of terrorism and ensure the safety of Australians.

For more information on Operation Alliance and the 2002 Bali bombings, listen to the podcast series available on the AFP website. Please be advised that the content may be distressing, and if you need support, reach out to Lifeline at 13 11 14.