Terrorism & Insurgency

Sentencing of domestic militants demonstrates Indonesian government's commitment to counter-terrorism efforts, but low-capability attacks to continue

21 September 2017


On 20 September 2017, the Indonesian militant Muhammad Nur Solikin was sentenced to 11 years in prison for orchestrating an attempted suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace.

Solikin was detained along with six others in December 2016 in relation to the plot. Two other conspirators have already been sentenced – Agus Supriyadi received a six-year prison term, while Dian Yuli Novi, Solikin's wife, was sentenced to seven and a half years. The militants allegedly planned to use a 3kg bomb encased in a pressure cooker to carry out the attack. Prompted by ongoing domestic terrorism incidents, as well as concerns over the increasing terrorist activity in the neighbouring Philippines, Indonesian authorities are pursuing a range of measures to bolster security.

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