A Molotov cocktail exploded in front of the Ecumenical Christian Church, located in Jalan Cipto Mangunkkusumo in Loa Janan Ilir village in Samarinda Seberang subdistrict, Samarinda, East Kalimantan, at around 10.30 a.m. local time on Sunday (13/11). (Antara Photo/Amirulloh)

Samarinda Church Bomber Is a Former Terror Convict: Police

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

NOVEMBER 13, 2016

Jakarta. The suspect in the Samarinda church bomb attack is a former terror convict who was released from jail in July 2014, police said on Sunday (13/11).

A Molotov cocktail exploded in front of the Ecumenical Christian Church, located in Jalan Cipto Mangunkkusumo in Loa Janan Ilir village in Samarinda Seberang subdistrict, Samarinda, East Kalimantan, at around 10.30 a.m. local time.

Police arrested the alleged attacker, only identified by the initial J., less than three hours after the incident.

National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Agus Rianto said the 32-year-old suspect was also involved in bomb attack on a gas pipeline in Tangerang, Banten, in March 2011.

In the same period, he was also involved in a series of parcel bomb attacks in Jakarta, targeting several public figures – including Liberal Islam Network founder Ulil Abshar Abdalla; Pemuda Pancasila chairman Yapto Suryo Soemarno; former National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Gories Mere; and rock star Ahmad Dhani.

The suspect was sentenced to three years and six months' imprisonment in February 2012 for his involvement in the attacks.

"J. was released on parole after receiving an Idul Fitri remission on July 28, 2014. At the time, the suspect was held at the Samarinda Police's detention facility," Agus said, as reported by news portal Detik.com.

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