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POSTED | 14:36 PM | 05-07-2016

Suicide bomb attack in Indonesia

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the early hours of Tuesday morning (July 5, 2016) local time in Surakarta, Indonesia (also called Solo), according to Indonesian authorities.

The attack, which occurred at a police headquarters, wounded one policeman but there were no fatalities.

Police said the bomber rode in on a motorcycle and blew himself up when trying to get away from security personnel who had stopped him from entering the premises.

The bombing comes just one day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Wednesday that marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month for Muslims.

Maj-Gen Condro Kirono, chief of Central Java Police, said authorities believe the attack was carried out by a militant network that targets police and other security forces.

In the southern Thai province of Pattani, a car bomb at a military checkpoint blew up on Tuesday afternoon, injuring several police officers.

The attack follows another bombing on Sunday evening outside Pattani’s central mosque that killed a policeman, and wounded two other officers and a civilian. The policeman was directing traffic when the bomb detonated. Hundreds of Muslims were in the mosque breaking fast when the blast occurred.

Muslim-majority Pattani has seen ongoing violence for decades. Authorities have blamed it on insurgents that have been clashing with the central government for nearly half a century. 

The attacks on Indonesia and Thailand follow a grenade blast in a Malaysian bar last week that injured eight. Police said on Monday that it was the first successful attack in the country by ISIS.

Police initially labelled the June 28 explosion at the Movida bar in the capital of Kuala Lumpur as a revenge or target killing, but investigations later revealed it was carried out by the militant group.

Fifteen people have been detained in connection with the attack. These include two factory workers who allegedly committed the crime, as well as two low-level policemen.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said one of the policemen had planned to carry out robberies to help fund an Islamic State cell, while the other was protecting a senior militant member from detection.

 

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