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New attack in Surabaya by Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), affiliated to ISIS. After the Churches, the terrorist group targeted the police
The trail of blood in Surabaya, Indonesia, does not stop. After the terrorist attacks targeting three Churches, with at least 14 dead and dozens injured, this morning a car bomb exploded near a police station. The initial estimate speaks of several wounded officers. This is probably the reaction of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a group affiliated to the Islamic State, to the apprehension of two and the killing of four of its members during an anti-terrorist operation in Cianjur. The raid took place immediately after the attacks on the places of worship, perpetrated by an entire family linked to JAD and claimed by Daesh. Six persons: father, mother, and four children (two girls aged 9 and 12, and two boys of 16 and 18), who spread terror at the Pentecostal, Diponegro, and Santa Maria churches.
The police fear that ISIS-related groups have launched a complex strategy to destabilize Indonesia
Moreover, the investigators warned that these multiple JAD-Daesh attacks might not be an isolated case, but part of a wider strategy to destabilize the Asian country. On Sunday night, another explosion occurred in Surabaya – this time in an apartment –, causing the death of three people. According to the police, a cell linked to the Islamic State has to be blamed for the new attack, during which the perpetrators might have made some mistakes in handling the explosive. The recent riots (May 8) in the prison of Mako Brimob must also be considered in this context. The unrest officially broke out due to food grievances, but sources maintain that these were not the true motives. A number of JAD members are imprisoned in the same structure, and this is most likely the reason why the incidents seemed to be so well planned and executed. It is not a mere coincidence that the victims among the police were five, while only one among the inmates.
RSC Chairman Emiliano Stornelli: By attacking Churches, extremism and its terrorist manifestations have reached their peak in Indonesia. The measures to be taken to eradicate the phenomenon
The churches were not random targets. They hold a high symbolic value, as much as the perpetrators of the attacks, who were foreign fighters returned from Syria after a period of service in Daesh ranks. “The rise of radicalism in the last 30 years has triggered major turmoil and violence in Indonesia, jeopardizing the peaceful coexistence between religious groups, as well as the rights and safety of minorities – the Chairman of RSC Religion & Security Council, Emiliano Stornelli, said to Defense and Security. “By attacking churches – Stornelli argues –, extremism and its terrorist manifestations have reached their peak, therefore the adoption of more effective measures to eradicate this phenomenon cannot be postponed further.” According to RSC Chairman, “counter-terrorism must be complemented by a substantial reform of the education system, a halt to radical propaganda and preaching, and an increased engagement to advance interreligious dialogue, especially among the youth. This is the way forward to prevent the spread of extremism, restore a healthy socio-cultural environment, and achieve interfaith harmony. Indonesia is under the spotlight today, unfortunately – Stornelli concludes –, but a leap in the fight against extremism is necessary in neighboring Malaysia and also in some countries of the Asian Subcontinent, such as Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.”