Terrorism & Insurgency

Disrupted Indonesian plot indicates improving IED capability and continued jihadist reliance on family units to plan attacks

15 March 2019

On 13 March, a suspected female militant detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in a house in Sibolga, North Sumatra, killing herself and her child, following a 12-hour stand-off with police forces. This followed the arrest of her husband, suspected local militant Abu Hamzah, the previous day on charges of allegedly plotting to target the local police headquarters.

A police spokesperson told local media on 14 March that the police had recovered approximately 300 kg of explosives, including mines, suicide vests, and pipe bombs from the house. The police have since arrested two males suspected of membership in the pro-Islamic State group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

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