|Published:||May 03, 2011 3:40 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 02, 2011 11:17 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - Osama bin Laden is forever linked to September 11th attacks. But al-Qaeda is also responsible for several other terror attacks that killed Americans.
In 1993, 6 people died, when a car bomb went off in a parking garage at the World Trade Center. One of the suspects is a relative of 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Then in 1998, al-Qaeda took responsibility for bombing 2 American embassies in Africa. Those attacks killed 231 people
Al-Qaeda was also linked to the 2002 bombings in the Indonesian city of Bali. Michael Browne of Naples was in there on October 12, 2002, and yards away from where the bombs went off. He experienced the death and destruction firsthand.
"I was surfing in Bali," Browne said. "We were hanging out in front of my hotel, and the bomb went off. About a minute later, the big bomb went off, and it mushroomed. There was a mushroom cloud about 400 feet in the air."
The roof and walls of his hotel room crumbled. He ran down the street to see who he could help.
"I ran by bodies that were curled up, completely black and charcoaled, decapitated people, people with no arms or legs and just a fiery pit of what used to be the Sari Club."
The most troubling memory is that of two women, stuck under debris, who he was unable to rescue. "There was no way I could help them," Browne said, fighting back tears.
The terrorist attack, carried out by the Al Qaeda-affiliated violent Islamist group, Jemaah Islamiyah, killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more. For many like Browne, the news of bin Laden's death reopened old wounds.
"When I heard that bin Laden had been killed, it was like a flashback for me, something that I've tried to hide from for the last 9 years," Browne said.
It brought some relief, but nothing close to peace of mind. "His death doesn't mean that all of terrorism is gone or that we can stop this war on terrorism," Browne said. "It's affected so many people in this world. and that one person, yes, was a huge factor, but it's not over yet."
Echoing those same sentiments was the Prime Minister of Australia, saying: "Whilst al-Qaeda has been hurt today, al-Qaeda is not finished. Our war against terrorism must continue." Australia lost 88 citizens in the 2002 Bali bombings, the most out of any country.