Indonesian police kill one, arrest several in Surabaya raids

16 May, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • ANALYSISMay 14 2018 12:00pm The Times‘Middle-class’ bombers herald new era in Indonesia’s war on terror Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor

The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in central Jakarta.

Co-ordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out on Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12. "No-one who does that can claim to be a Muslim", he said. Experts have warned for several years that when those fighters return, they could pose a significant threat.

Terrorist organisations such as Islamic State, al-Quaeda, the Taliban, and this latest group - the so called Jemaah Anshorut Daulah or JAD, want to spread fear, chaos, civil unrest and uncertainty in order to weaken political, social and civil power structures and draw new recruits to their evil cause.

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. "This is showing how extremist ideology can entrap children".

Christians have been targeted before by militants in Indonesia, according to the AP.

Video footage showed policeman Roni Faisal rushing towards the distraught little girl - standing among the remains of her family.

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Another family reportedly attacked a police station this morning, wounding 10 people including police officers.

The footage of Monday's attack shows the motorcycles, moving closely together, pull up alongside a vehicle and four officers manning opposite sides of the checkpoint.

One of the most deadly attacks in Indonesia involved multiple bombs that went off inside and outside nightclubs in 2002 in Bali. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

Four men, all members of her family, were killed in the blast, but she survived.

The IS statement claiming responsibility for the attacks didn't mention anything about families or children taking part and said there were only three attackers.

The attacks come days after terrorist Islamist prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force during a 36-hour standoff at a high security jail on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta.

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Separately on Sunday, three members of another family were killed when homemade bombs exploded at an apartment in Sidoarjo, a town bordering Surabaya, police said.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said explosions took place in three churches and at least 40 people had been taken to hospital.

Karnavian said the father drove a bomb-laden auto into the city's Pentecostal church.

Police said Dita Oepriarto had dropped his wife and two daughters, aged twelve and nine, at the Diponegoro Indonesia Christian Church.

At Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, Futrianto then drove his vehicle onto the church grounds and detonated explosives.

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