More cops targeted by terrorists since 2010, data shows

Anti-terror policemen walk as they patrol the street following a bomb blast at a police office in Surabaya, on May 14, 2018.
Anti-terror policemen walk as they patrol the street following a bomb blast at a police office in Surabaya, on May 14, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Anger by militants at being thwarted, police brutality led to more attacks in Indonesia

A total of 136 police officers were attacked by terrorists between 2010 and May this year, compared with just 20 between 2000 and 2009, new government data shows.

The figures follow a rise in violent jihad, with the latest incidents, including an attack on the East Java's Surabaya police headquarters on May 14 that severely injured at least two officers. The attackers were a family of five and included its youngest member - an eight-year-old girl who survived the blast, which flung her vertically.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'More cops targeted by terrorists since 2010, data shows'. Print Edition | Subscribe