Heads should roll after Surabaya attacks, Jokowi told

Hugh Fox
May 15, 2018

"The perpetrators allegedly committed SARA (an acronym for hate speech about race, religion or ethnicity) through Facebook and was then secured by Aceh police officers on Monday, May 14, at around 11:45 pm", Aceh Police spokesperson Misbahul Munauwar told Detik today.

Christians are calling for prayer after several churches were attacked in Indonesia - with a single family suspected of carrying out the bombings.

The church attacks occurred within minutes of each other, according to Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera.

Roni Faisal, a police officer, is also being praised for his heroic act after saving a wounded girl from the family who detonated a suicide bomb in front of the Surabaya Police headquarters.

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Police in Sidoarjo, near Surabaya, recovered pipe bombs at an apartment where a blast on Sunday killed three members of a family alleged to have been making bombs.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for all the attacks in statements carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Twenty five people died in the two days of attacks including a total of 13 militants and their children.

Officials have identified Oepriarto as the head of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian IS-inspired network.

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Using women and children in militant attacks has always been a tactic deployed in other countries - Nigerian terror group Boko Haram often uses children as suicide bombers.

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.

At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured in the multiple suicide bombings, the deadliest terrorist strike in Indonesia in more than a decade.

Earlier on Tuesday, police searched the home of the family that bombed Surabaya's police headquarters and found unexploded bombs. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

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Yesterday, a counter-terrorism source told The Straits Times that a key reason why male militants are willing to sacrifice their wives and children in their "martyrdom" was because they did not want their surviving spouse and children being placed in deradilcalisation programmes after their death. An eight-year-old girl is the only surviving family member. The incidents left 18 people killed including the family of six. "While the father Dita Oepriarto, detonated a auto bomb outside a third church".

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