Members of the police bomb squad inspect the scene where a homemade bomb was detonated near Pandawa Park in Bandung, West Java, on Feb. 27. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)

Bandung Bomber Does Not Act Alone: Police


FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Jakarta. Police investigators have announced the name of a suspected terrorist who detonated a low-explosive bomb near Pandawa Park in Cicendo, Bandung, West Java, on Monday morning (27/02). They also said witnesses have reported the man did not act alone.

The Bandung bomber — who died on the way to hospital after he was shot by the police — was identified as Yayat Cahdiyat, a resident of Purwakarta, West Java.

"He was in his 30s and lived in Purwakarta. He received a three year sentence in 2012 for his involvement in a terrorist military training in Aceh," Chief Comr. Martinus Sitompul said.

Martinus said he was unaware that Yayat had been released on parole in 2014.


"We've also received information that there was another man who rode on a motorbike with Yayat before he set off the bomb," Martinus added.

The police spokesman said the police "already know which [terrorist] group he [Yayat] came from, and from which [terror] network."

According to Martinus, the bomber had screamed at passersby who had bravely cornered him into a nearby community center, "I have no business with you! This is for Densus 88 [the police's elite anti-terror squad]!," before the police shot him.

Yayat — who was shot on the left side of his chest — was allegedly a member of the terrorist group Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD), sometimes also referred to as the Jamaah Anshar Daulah Khilafah Nusantara (JAKDN).

No casualties had been reported from the attack.