A police armored automobile is parked outdoors the Nationwide Police Headquarters following a suspected militant assault in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Credit score: AP Photograph/Dita Alangkara
A lady entered Indonesia’s Nationwide Police Headquarters in Jakarta and fired a gun at a number of officers earlier than being shot lifeless by police, within the newest militant assault on the earth’s most populous Muslim nation, officers mentioned. There have been no studies of accidents among the many police.
Authorities had earlier imposed a counterterrorism crackdown and had been on heightened alert for doable assaults in opposition to police and locations of worship following a suicide bombing throughout Palm Sunday Mass at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Sulawesi island which wounded at the least 20 folks.
Tv video on Wednesday confirmed a girl sporting a protracted black gown and a blue veil strolling close to a parking zone on the police headquarters towards the police chief’s workplace constructing. She pointed a gun and fired at a number of cops earlier than being shot lifeless by different officers, Nationwide Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo mentioned.
A bomb squad member approached her physique, which was mendacity within the rain with the gun close by, and decided there have been no harmful supplies within the space earlier than the physique was eliminated, the movies confirmed.
Prabowo recognized the girl by her initials, ZA, and mentioned she was a 25-year-old college dropout.
He mentioned at a information convention late Wednesday that she got here to the principle constructing’s safety put up and fired at officers six instances, prompting different officers “to take decisive motion.” He didn’t say whether or not any police had been injured. Televised movies indicated she was about 10 meters from the closest officers, who bumped into the constructing when she fired.
A preliminary investigation confirmed she was appearing independently, “a lone wolf with the unconventional ideology of the Islamic State,” he mentioned.
“Nonetheless, we’ll proceed to completely examine any doable connection of radical networks to the suspect,” Prabowo mentioned.
Earlier than she died, the girl mentioned goodbye to her household in a WhatsApp message, he mentioned.
On Sunday, a lately married couple with suspected militant hyperlinks used stress cooker bombs to blow themselves up outdoors the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi island.
The attackers detonated their bombs after they had been confronted by guards outdoors the church. They had been believed to have been members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and carried out a sequence of suicide bombings in Indonesia.
They included a 2016 Starbucks assault in Jakarta which killed 4 civilians and 4 militants, an assault on a bus terminal within the capital that killed three cops, and an assault on a church in Kalimantan that killed a 2-year-old lady a yr later. A number of different kids suffered severe burns within the Kalimantan assault.
Indonesia’s final main militant assault was in Might 2018, when two households carried out suicide bombings on church buildings in Surabaya, killing a dozen folks together with two younger ladies whose dad and mom concerned them in one of many assaults. Police mentioned the daddy was the chief of a neighborhood affiliate of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.
Prabowo mentioned police have arrested 23 suspected militants following Sunday’s assault, together with a key suspect who created the stress cooker bombs. Police earlier reported the seizure of 5 home made pipe bombs and 5 kilograms of chemical substances for explosives.
Indonesia has been battling militants for the reason that Jemaah Islamiyah group carried out bombings on the resort island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 folks, principally overseas vacationers. Assaults aimed toward foreigners have been largely changed lately by smaller, much less lethal strikes focusing on the federal government, police and anti-terrorism forces and folks militants contemplate to be infidels.
Because the arrest in December of Jemaah Islamiyah chief Aris Sumarsono, also called Zulkarnaen, the counterterrorism squad has arrested greater than 70 suspects, together with 19 in Makassar.
Jemaah Islamiyah was as soon as thought-about the preeminent terror community in Southeast Asia, however has been weakened over the previous decade by a sustained crackdown. In recent times, a brand new menace has emerged in militants who fought with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and returned to Indonesia or these impressed by the group’s assaults overseas.
Reporting by Niniek Karmini for the Related Press from Jakarta, Indonesia.