Egypt condemns terror attack on Indonesian police station

Egypt condemns terror attack on Indonesian police station

This latest bombing come just a day after a family of six including two young daughters took to bombing three churches in Surabaya during Sunday Services.

"Once Islamic State emerged (in 2014) there was anxiety that this would create more movement in jihadi (circles)" and that Indonesians trained in ISIS territory would return home, Barton said.

The four perpetrators on two motorbikes died after driving into the building gateway and detonating explosives, according to police, who said an 8-year-old girl on one of the motorcycles was thrown from the vehicle but survived.

The children were probably led to their deaths without a full awareness of their fate, said Ade Banani, of the University of Indonesia's research centre of police science and terrorism studies.

The family had returned from Syria, police said.

Late last week, a 22-year-old thought to be a member of the organisation stabbed and killed a police officer not far from the prison that was the site of the riot. Both the Surabaya church bombings and Sidoarjo bomb explosion also involved family members, he added.

"If he had not stopped the bombers, there would have been more victims (inside the church)", he said.

Counterterrorism police said they raided another housing complex in Sidoarjo on Monday morning, recovering several completed bombs after having neighboring residents evacuate.

What has the reaction been?

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on members of the House of Representatives to speed up the finalization of a revision to the 2003 Antiterrorism Law, or he may issue a government regulation in lieu of law to address the matter.




The content of the films included footage from Syria and Iraq, as well as Isis attacks in France, and was meant to encourage those in the group to commit terrorist attacks, he said. Police said it was as though they wanted to be easily identifiable.

A second attack occurred 15 minutes later at the Protestant Christian Church in Jalan Diponegoro, Surabaya.

"These people are the worst of the worst". "It's more important because many people see that they win and that gives them a certain degree of leadership".

The South East Asian country has long struggled with Islamist militancy.

Indonesia is no stranger to terror attacks, including bombings on Bali in 2002 and 2003 as well as on global hotels in Jakarta in 2003 and 2009.

That attack was carried out by the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant network and prompted a sustained crackdown on militants.

After some major successes tackling terrorism since 2001, there has been a resurgence in recent years, including in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in the capital, Jakarta.

IS-inspired groups have since mostly carried out "amateurish" plots but the attacks in Surabaya suggest better planning and a higher level of "technical proficiency", Zachary Abuza of the National War College in Washington DC told the BBC.

The use of children in the attacks has been particularly horrifying to people.

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