Japanese among Bali injured

Seven Japanese were injured, two of them seriously, in an explosion in Bali that left at least 187 dead and more than 300 others injured, it was learned Sunday.

The explosion occurred Saturday night at a packed discotheque on the resort island.

The Foreign Ministry reported that none of the injuries is life-threatening.

According to the ministry, officials at the Denpasar office of the Japanese Consulate General in Surabaya met with the seven Japanese. They are all female, believed to be in their 20s and 30s.

Ayano Saito, 30, and her sister Kaho, 28, of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, suffered serious burns to their legs, hands and faces, but are conscious, the officials said. The five others, including Kyoko Ohashi and Kimiko Kaida, both in their early 20s, suffered minor injuries.

The ministry reported that no other Japanese nationals were involved in the explosion.

The ministry has issued a warning for Japanese nationals in Indonesia to stay away from crowded places.

“The details and reasons for the explosion are still unknown. But we cannot dismiss the possibility that a similar kind of incident may take place again,” a ministry official said.

“For those going to Indonesia and those staying there, we urge that they avoid public facilities and places where many people gather, such as shopping malls, department stores, restaurants, discos, cafes and religious centers.”