Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

One dead, arrests in Indonesia terror raid

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Anton died after police officers gunned him down to prevent him from triggering another bomb.

The first explosion took place in Surabaya's Santa Maria church, killing four people, including the suicide bomber. They indoctrinated their children in various ways at the meetings, including showing violent jihadist videos, East Java police chief Machfud Arifin said.

In one attack, a family forced their eight-year-old daughter to launch a suicide bombing on Surabaya's police headquarters, according to police.

The families behind a wave of suicide bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya were all members of the same religious study group and radicalised their children through homeschooling, investigators in East Java have said.

A second family bombed Surabaya's police headquarters on Monday.

However, the return of Indonesian fighters and their families from ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria presented a new challenge to the country's law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

The Islamic State (known as IS) claimed responsibility for the church attacks.

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Twenty-five people have died since Sunday, including 13 militants and their children.

"For the kids, I think this is craziness", said Taufik Andrie, who runs an Indonesian institute that helps rehabilitate former militants ready to rejoin society. Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliated network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support.

Later in the day, police said another family attempted to carry out an attack the Surabaya suburb of Sidoarjo.

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.

Elsewhere family and friends mourned the deaths of the 12 people killed in the church blasts. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the use of children in the attacks was "sickeningly cruel". The church bombings were swiftly followed by other attacks, including one Monday that targeted a police station and was carried out in the company of the attackers' 7-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, police were also able to recover a few more homemade bombs around the church's vicinity, which the bomb squad properly detonated and disposed of.

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