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Terror is a family affair for ISIS-linked militant groups in Indonesia

ANALYSISMay 14 2018 12:00pm The Times‘Middle-class’ bombers herald new era in Indonesia’s war on terror Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor ANALYSISMay 14 2018 12:00pm The Times‘Middle-class’ bombers herald new era in Indonesia’s war on terror Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor
Ray Hunter | 15 May, 2018, 22:39

They indoctrinated their children in various ways at the meetings, including showing violent jihadist videos, East Java police chief Machfud Arifin said.

Further details on the terror suspect would be released after examination by police Disaster Victim Identification unit was done, Frans said.

The coordinated attacks in Surabaya with their mix of military-grade explosives, and women and children being used as cover for suicide bombings, suggest a rising level of tactical sophistication in Indonesia's terrorists.

"The suicide bombers rode two motorbikes up to a checkpoint outside a police station and blew themselves up", says Tito Karnavian, a police spokesperson while addressing a news conference in Indonesia.

The flurry of bombings raised concerns that previously beaten-down militant networks in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation have been reinvigorated by the return of some of the estimated 1,100 Indonesians who went to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria.

According to police, Oepriarto was friends with the family that carried out Monday's police headquarters bombing and a third family, three members of which died when homemade bombs exploded in their apartment on Sunday night.

ISIS, from which the recent attackers reportedly took their cues, has always understood the power of using provocative violence, Barton said.

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

The three families are believed to members of the pro-Isis Indonesian militant group, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Terrorist in Indonesia made police their main target after a number of their leaders and fellow terrorist fighters were arrested or killed by special anti terrorist police squad.

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 mother, with her two daughters, attacked the Christian Church of Diponegoro, he said.

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. All six members of the family were killed.

At Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, Futrianto then drove his vehicle onto the church grounds and detonated explosives.

Security remained tight around police buildings Tuesday in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

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