IS sup­porter stabs three cops in Jakarta

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JAKARTA: A suspected sup­porter of Is­lamic State (IS) stabbed and wounded three po­lice­men yes­ter­day in what ap­peared to be the lat­est vi­o­lence in­spired by the mil­i­tant group in In­done­sia.

The man also threw a pipe bomb which failed to ex­plode dur­ing the rush hour at­tack in Tangerang, on the out­skirts of Jakarta, po­lice said.

He was shot and died of his wounds, a po­lice spokesman said, while the three vic­tims were be­ing treated in hospi­tal.

A sec­ond pipe bomb and an IS sticker were found at the scene, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties are in­creas­ingly wor­ried about a resur­gence in rad­i­cal­ism in In­done­sia, driven in part by a new gen­er­a­tion of mil­i­tants in­spired by IS.

“Two of (the po­lice) were stabbed in the arm and chest. Then the at­tacker walked around show­ing off his weapon, walk­ing to the po­lice post and shout­ing ‘Al­lahu ak­bar’ (God is great­est),” Mo­ham­mad Isa An­sori, deputy po­lice chief of Tangerang district, said.

The at­tacker, who was born in 1994 and un­em­ployed, was be­lieved to be a mem­ber of In­done­sian mil­i­tant group Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah, which sup­ports IS.

The um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion, formed last year through an al­liance of splin­ter groups back­ing IS, is led by jailed Is­lamist cleric Aman Ab­durrah­man.

Yes­ter­day’s as­sault comes after a se­ries of IS-linked at­tacks be­gin­ning in Jan­uary when four mil­i­tants mounted a gun and bomb at­tack in Jakarta which killed eight.

Two of those in­volved in that at­tack was sen­tenced yes­ter­day. Dodi Suridi, 23, was jailed for 10 years for help­ing to make a bomb used in the at­tack, while Ali Hamka, 48, was given four years for try­ing to find weapons to use in the as­sault. – Agen­cies

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