BANDUNG, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Two individuals had been killed and eight wounded within the Indonesian metropolis of Bandung on Wednesday when a suspected Islamic militant who might have been angered by the nation’s new felony code blew himself up at a police station, authorities mentioned.
Ahmad Ramadhan, head of the general public info bureau for the Nationwide Police, mentioned authorities had been coordinating with the counter-terrorism unit to research the incident, which killed the suspected attacker and one police officer.
The Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group might have been behind the assault, Ibnu Suhendra of Indonesia’s counterterrorism company (BNPT) informed Metro TV. He mentioned JAD had carried out related assaults in Indonesia.
West Java police chief Suntana informed Metro TV that authorities had been investigating a blue bike discovered on the scene, which they believed was utilized by the attacker. Hooked up to the bike was a observe carrying a message rejecting Indonesia’s new felony code, which parliament ratified on Tuesday.
“There was a observe on the bike saying the felony code is an infidel product, let’s eradicate the regulation enforcers,” Suntana mentioned.
Some non secular extremists reject the legal guidelines of the state, perceiving Islam as the one authentic authority, analysts say.
The attacker introduced two bombs to the scene, Suntana mentioned, however solely had time to detonate one.
Footage from the scene on Wednesay confirmed harm to the police station, with some particles from the constructing on the bottom and smoke rising from the world.
Islamic militants have in recent times carried out assaults on this planet’s largest Muslim-majority nation, together with at church buildings, police stations and venues frequented by foreigners.
In an efforts to crack down on militants, Indonesia created a troublesome new anti-terrorism regulation after suicide bombings linked to JAD.
Members of the extremist group had been chargeable for a collection of suicide church bombings within the metropolis of Surabaya in 2018. These assaults had been perpetrated by three households, together with younger youngsters, and killed a minimum of 30 individuals.
In 2021, a pair of JAD newlyweds carried out a suicide bomb assault at a cathedral in Makassar, killing solely themselves.
Reporting by Ananda Teresia, Fransiska Nangoy and Stefanno Sulaiman; Writing by Kate Lamb; Enhancing by Ed Davies and Gerry Doyle
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