Trial of returning militant who killed cop closely watched

Terrorist Syawaluddin Pakpahan attacked the North Sumatra police headquarters with his follower, who was killed by police.
Terrorist Syawaluddin Pakpahan attacked the North Sumatra police headquarters with his follower, who was killed by police.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Indonesian case is the first involving a Syria returnee who launched an attack back home

A court case involving a terrorist who brazenly walked into North Sumatra's police headquarters with an accomplice last year to kill a policeman with knives, is being closely watched as Indonesia grapples with returnees from war zones.

The attackers wanted to steal guns from the police for use in even bigger atrocities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Trial of returning militant who killed cop closely watched'. Print Edition | Subscribe