A suspected supporter of Islamic State has stabbed and wounded three Indonesian police in what appears to be the latest violence inspired by the militant group in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Earlier today a man suspected to support Islamic State has stabbed and wounded three Indonesian policemen. 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 a large IS sticker were found at the scene, police said.
Indonesian authorities are increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State.
The attacker, who was born in 1994 and unemployed, was believed to be a member of Indonesian militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which supports Islamic State. The umbrella organization, formed last year through an alliance of splinter groups backing Islamic State, is led by jailed Islamist cleric Aman Abdurrahman, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence for aiding a militant training camp.
The assault comes after a series of Islamic State-linked attacks beginning in January when four militants mounted a gun and bomb attack in Jakarta. Eight people were killed, including the militants.