Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Terror is a family affair for ISIS-linked militant groups in Indonesia

Three families behind ISIS-inspired bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya Indonesia church bombing: Militant family's details emerge, "they were well off, friendly with Christian neighbours"
Lillian Steele | 15 May, 2018, 16:23

National police chief Tito Karnavian said the girl, who was with two of the attackers on a motorcycle, survived being thrown by the blast at Surabaya's police headquarters.

On Sunday night, a bomb in the Wonocolo low-priced housing complex in Sidoarjo exploded prematurely, killing a woman and her 17-year-old child, police said.

A day before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a family of four riding motorcycles loaded with explosives targeted a police station in Surabaya in an attack that injured ten people, including four police officers, according to the Jakarta Post.

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's president condemned the latest bombing, calling it "cowardly, undignified and inhumane". The person identified as D.O., who carried out the third church attack, was the leader of JAD's Surabaya cell. An eight-year-old girl is the only surviving family member.

The statement denounced such terrorist attack that aims for the stability and unity of nations, pointing out that all religions and human principles reject such actions that threaten innocent people.

"No, they've been here since 2012", he said.

Abdurrahman has been connected to several deadly incidents, including a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead.

At least 14 civilians have died as a result of that attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, and the toll could climb with more than 40 injured in hospital.

The three children are under the care of the police and are being treated with "special care", Mahfud Arifin said.

Police reported that a separate explosion on May 13 in a family dwelling in Wonocolo, a suburb of Surabaya, was a "premature" blast by another family plotting an attack on a "undisclosed target" in the city.

A second attack occurred 15 minutes later at the Protestant Christian Church in Jalan Diponegoro, Surabaya. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

The sons aged 16 and 18 rode a motorcycle onto the grounds of the Santa Maria Church and detonated their explosives there, he said.

Police patrol outside Surabaya police headquarters following a suicide attack in Surabaya.

The attacks are thought to have been perpetrated in support of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group, an Indonesian jihadi group that supports ISIS.

"ISIS is still a very, very real threat and I want to say how much we condemn the shocking terrorist attacks in Surabaya", he told reporters on Tuesday.

Indonesia's deadliest terror attack took place in Bali in 2002, when 202 people, many of whom were foreigners, were killed in an explosion in the island's popular nightclub district.

"We've also seen children involved in executing political prisoners, and there's always been an appetite in Islamic State to use women and children". So, pledges to push through new anti-terrorism laws and condemnation of the attacks from all mainstream Muslim groups in Indonesia while important, are not enough.

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