New Isis tac­tic: sui­cide-bomber fam­i­lies?

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

An ap­par­ently new style of ter­ror at­tack has In­done­sian author­i­ties wor­ried that the Isis ter­ror group, also known as Is­lamic State, is now us­ing en­tire fam­i­lies to wage ji­had as sui­cide bombers. In May, ter­ror attacks by three dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies tar­geted three churches and a po­lice head­quar­ters, killing 12 civil­ians and 13 of the at­tack­ers and in­ur­ing at least 46. The at­tack­ers in­cluded girls ages seven, nine and 12. Isis claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the attacks, two years af­ter claim­ing its first South­east Asia at­tack, in Jakarta. “In­done­sia may have set a truly hor­ri­ble prece­dent,” said Sid­ney Jones of the In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Anal­y­sis of Con­flict. “It’s a very sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment. It hasn’t hap­pened be­fore in In­done­sia or else­where that I know of where whole fam­i­lies were in­volved as sui­cide bombers.”

Fam­i­lies took part in the re­cent rash of ter­ror attacks in In­done­sia

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