Woman who attacked Jakarta police HQ from a moderate Muslim family

She was exposed to extremist materials on Internet and likely self-radicalised: Experts

Armed police officers stand guard at the gate of national police headquarters in Jakarta following an attack on Wednesday. The 25-year-old attacker, a female college dropout, was active on social media, and an intelligence and terrorism expert said s
Armed police officers stand guard at the gate of national police headquarters in Jakarta following an attack on Wednesday. The 25-year-old attacker, a female college dropout, was active on social media, and an intelligence and terrorism expert said she was likely a victim of ISIS propaganda as the group manipulated Islam and encouraged followers to attack governments everywhere.PHOTO: REUTERS

A 25-year-old woman who staged an attack on police headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday hailed from a family that harboured no extremist tendencies.

Experts said the college dropout, the youngest of three children to a blue-collar worker and a mother who works in a government-sponsored community project, was likely self-radicalised.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2021, with the headline 'Woman who attacked Jakarta police HQ from a moderate Muslim family'. Subscribe