Indonesia Police HQ attacked by suicide bomber


A suicide bomber died on Tuesday morning while trying to enter police headquarters in the central Javanese city of Solo, Indonesia, authorities said.

The attacker tried to get inside on a motorcycle. When officers tried to stop him, he detonated explosives, Central Police Grand Commissioner Aloysius Liliek Darminto said.

The attacker was killed and one police officer was injured in the attack, Liliek said.

“We are still investigating this and it’s too early to tell who is the perpetrator and which group is behind this terror attack,” he said.

Tuesday’s bombing in Indonesia, which is home to more Muslims than any other country in the world, is the latest in a string of attacks across the globe during the holy month of Ramadan.

The terror group ISIS vowed to shed more blood during the holiday, and so far there have been deadly incidents in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in the last week, though ISIS has not claimed responsibility for all of them.

Ramadan ends on Tuesday in many parts of the world.

In recent times, ISIS has been trying to grow its footprint in Asia.

The group carried out its first successful attack in Malaysia Monday and has claimed responsibility for last week’s deadly attack in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, though the government has continually blamed opposition political parties.

Solo, located on the island of Java, is the hometown of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo. It is also home to some of Indonesia’s Islamic hardliners, including jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir, who pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014.

President Widodo, who was in Padang, Sumatra in western Indonesia when the bombing occurred, addressed the attacks on TV.

“We hope the public will remain calm, as we devotedly enter the last day of the fasting month of Ramadan,” he said. “There is no need to be afraid, in the face of these acts of terror.”

He asked police to investigate the incident and to go after the network behind the attack.

He also condemned the attacks in Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia saying, “any act of terrorism, for whatever reason, cannot be tolerated”.

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