A woman is consoled after laying flowers at the remembrance pool during the Bali Bombing 10th anniversary ceremony held at Garuda Wisnu Kencana on October 12, 2012 in Jimbaran, Bali Indonesia. Hundreds of family members, friends and general public gathered to remember the victims of the 2002 Kuta nightclub bombings which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
BALI, Indonesia (CBS) -- Hundreds attended a memorial service in Bali on Friday (October 12) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the bombings that killed 202 people.
The blasts were a watershed for Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, forcing the secular state to confront the presence of violent Islamists.
"We do not condemn a certain religion, we condemn those people who has done brutal violence in the name of religion," said Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika, who was chief of police at the time of the attacks.
The Australian government provided financial assistance to the families of Bali bombing victims who wanted to attend the memorial service.
Indonesia has been largely successful in containing militancy and there have been no big attacks on Western targets since 2009, when suicide bombers attacked two hotels in the capital, Jakarta, killing nine people and wounding 53.
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and John Howard, her predecessor at the time of the attack on the 2002 attack, joined Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to mark the event.
"This remembrance is a valuable opportunity to renew, to reiterate our collective commitment to strengthen the voice of moderation, of tolerance, of mutual understanding among different communities. To fight extremism and intolerance in all its forms, to work together to ensure that such views will never take root in our societies. To see to it that the voice of reasons prevails against prejudice so that humanity prevails over hatred. So that we will always be worthy of the legacy of those who have gone before us," Natalegawa said.
Gillard called the bombings, which killed 88 Australians, a failure in its aim of terror.
"Even as the debris fell it was obvious the attack on our sense of ourselves as Australians, as human beings, had failed. Rescuers ran towards the terror. Volunteers extended their hands by the hundreds, Indonesians and Australians alike. A remarkable medical effort swung into place. A thorough policing effort followed, methodically dismantling the terrorist network responsible and our two countries drew closer than we had ever been before," she said.
After the bombings, security forces detained nearly 600 militants, most of whom have been jailed.
Three main perpetrators of the bombings, members of a Southeast Asian militant group allied with al Qaeda, were convicted and executed by firing squad in 2008.