Female attacker at Indonesian police headquarters an ISIS follower, say police

A K-9 unit patrolling following an alleged terror attack inside Indonesia's national police headquarters in Jakarta on March 31, 2021.
A K-9 unit patrolling following an alleged terror attack inside Indonesia's national police headquarters in Jakarta on March 31, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian police shot dead a woman who had opened fire at officers at the national police headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday (March 31) in an attack inspired by militant force Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the police chief said.

The 25-year-old woman, identified only by her initials ZA, had fired six times at officers near an entrance post to the headquarters before being taken down, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo said. 

She was a college dropout who lived in Jakarta and she had posted a photo of the ISIS flag on her Instagram account hours before the shooting, Gen Listyo said.

"From the profiling of the person in question, that person was a suspect or a lone wolf with the ideology of radical ISIS," Gen Listyo told a news conference, adding that she had left a note for her parents bidding farewell. 

Footage shown by local television stations showed a person in a blue veil and long black clothing entering the grounds of the police complex as gunshots were heard.

She was later seen falling to the ground amid more gunshots.

The incident came three days after a husband and wife carried out a suicide bombing at a cathedral on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Palm Sunday, wounding 20 people and killing themselves.

At least 13 people have been arrested by police in Jakarta, Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara provinces following the Sulawesi attack. 

Terrorism analyst Al Chaidar said Wednesday’s attempted attack was likely intended as revenge for a sweep of police arrests of suspected religious extremists in recent days.