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Suicide bomber strikes in Solo ahead of Jokowi's visit

Indonesian police officers stand guard after a suicide bomb attack at the Police Headquarters in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.
Indonesian police officers stand guard after a suicide bomb attack at the Police Headquarters in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.PHOTO: EPA

SOLO • The home town of President Joko Widodo, Solo was the target of a suicide bombing, an attack officials said was linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up outside an Indonesian police station yesterday, injuring a police officer.

He was heard reciting Islamic verses when he rode past a guard post. When the police officer confronted him, he detonated his explosives.


Police said they suspected the bomber to be Nur Rohman, who had contact with Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant fighting with the ISIS in Syria.

"He forced his way in using a motorbike and blew himself up," said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar, who added that the attack was "definitely" linked to ISIS.


The message they are trying to convey is that 'we are everywhere and we can reach even the heartland of the Islamic world'. It's very worrying because there are no geographical or moral limits to what they can do.



These senseless acts of terror ignore the sanctity of human life, regardless of faith. The attacks on Muslim-majority cities and countries, claiming lives of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, confirm that their heinous acts are against Islam and do not represent Muslims all over the world.


Mr Joko, who was due to visit Solo during the Aidilfitri holidays, urged people to remain alert after the assault, which happened on the last day of Ramadan.

"I have ordered the police chief to hunt down and catch the network linked to this suicide bombing," he said.

Early this year, ISIS claimed responsibility for the gun attack and suicide bombing in Jakarta which left four civilians and four assailants dead.

It was the first major terror attack in Indonesia in seven years.

Indonesia has suffered several extremist attacks over the past 15 years, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

A crackdown had weakened the most dangerous networks but the emergence of ISIS has proved to be a potent new rallying cry for Indonesian radicals, with hundreds heading to fight in the Middle East.

Last month, police arrested three suspected militants accused of planning to launch ISIS-inspired suicide bombings in the city of Surabaya.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'Bomber strikes at police station'. Print Edition | Subscribe