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Coordinated attacks in Surabaya suggest terrorists' rising level of tactical skills

Indonesian anti-terror police officers stand guard near the house of a family said to have carried out bombing attacks in Surabaya on May 15, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA - The coordinated attacks in Surabaya with their mix of military-grade explosives, and women and children being used as cover for suicide bombings, suggest a rising level of tactical sophistication in Indonesia's terrorists.

And if the initial analysis by the police that the Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) is behind the recent attacks is accurate, then the local terrorist network has truly raised its game.

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