Solo Suicide Bomber Linked to ISIS: Ex-Jihadi

The police carry the body of suspected suicide bomber Nur Rohman who blew himself up at a police station in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, on Tuesday morning (05/07). The attack has been linked to similar attacks in Iraq and Saudi Arabia by the Islamic State. (Antara Photo/Maulana Surya)

By : Stefi Thenu & Ratri M. Siniwi | on 5:30 PM July 05, 2016
Category : News, Terrorism

Jakarta. Ex-Jihadi Abu Husna said the suicide bomber killed in a foiled attack in in Solo, Central Java, on Tuesday morning (05/07) had links to the Islamic State (ISIS).

“I think ISIS was behind the attack. Indonesia is part of ISIS' war zone,” said Yusuf, a.k.a. Yosef Adirim or Abu Husna, an ex-Jihadi and member of the Sri Rejeki terror group — convicted of manufacturing homemade bombs in Semarang, Central Java in 2004 — said.

According to Yusuf, the suicide bomb attack in Solo proves that the Indonesian police are slacking off in their counterterror preparations.

“The police was caught off guard, they thought the situation was safe. There was never a terrorist attack during Idul Fitri, it always happened before or after Christmas,” Yusuf said.

According to Yusuf, the terror attacks at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Nabawi Mosque and Solo’s police headquarters have been orchestrated by ISIS.

“This is an attempt to remind Muslims to throw their support behind ISIS. These acts of terror are a demonstration of their continued existence,” Yusuf said.

A source from the Indonesian State Intelligence Agency (BIN) told the Jakarta Globe the Solo suicide bomber used to be a member of Laskar Hisbah, a radical group that has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. Since 2011, the group has been responsible for a number of terror attacks in Solo, a city known to be a hotbed for radical groups.

On Tuesday (05/07), Malaysian news portal The Star reported that ISIS had broadcasted videos online declaring war on Malaysia and Indonesia.

In one of the videos, a man spoke in a mix of Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic warning authorities in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Know this... we are no longer your citizens. We have liberated ourselves from you,” said the unidentified man, as the camera pans to another man showing off a Malaysian passport.

“With Allah's permission and assistance, we will come to you with a military force that you cannot overcome. This is Allah’s promise to us,” he continued.

The man on the video also talked about overthrowing governments and leaders who did not stick to the principles of Islam. The video also showed a footage of child soldiers firing rounds of ammunition.

Last week, a grenade blew up at a nightclub in Selangor, Malaysia, leaving eight injured, according to Channel News Asia.

On Monday, Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) said the grenade attack in Selangor was linked to ISIS. Malaysian police arrested 15 suspects, including two police officers, who allegedly received instructions for the attack from a contact in Syria.

“The attackers received instructions from a Malaysian in Syria, Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi," said IGP Khalid Abu Bakar.

"Wanndy told them to launch attacks in Malaysia against senior leaders in the government and the Malaysian police force, as well as judges, because these three groups have been trying to block militant activities in Malaysia."

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