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Terror in 2011: Major Attacks, Players and Locations

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Jakarta Globe | December 26, 2011

Umar Patek and his wife were arrested in January by Pakistani officials while seeking refugee in a civilian’s home. He is currently being tried at the East Jakarta District Court. (Agency Photo) Umar Patek and his wife were arrested in January by Pakistani officials while seeking refugee in a civilian’s home. He is currently being tried at the East Jakarta District Court. (Agency Photo)

A rundown of the key terror attacks, players and attack sites in Indonesia in 2011.

Major attacks:

March 15-17: Four packages containing explosives in the guise of books were found in various locations, from the office of a Liberal Islam Network co-founder to the home of a rock musician. Only one package detonated after an attempt to defuse it by a police officer. Police rounded up the group behind these book bombs a month later.

April 15: Muhammad Syarif, 32, blew himself up during Friday prayers at a police mosque in Cirebon injuring 30, all but two of them policemen. Police recovered six other bombs from a river nearby that Syarif’s group planned to use in future attacks. Five suspects were arrested.

May 25: Two police officers guarding a bank in Palu, Central Sulawesi, were gunned down by four assailants and another was wounded. The same group had also planned to attack a Mobile Brigade station. Police made seven arrests and killed two members of the network.

June 13: A number of unidentified gunmen opened fire at a police post in Poso, Central Sulawesi. No one was injured, perpetrators still at large.

June 18: A package containing explosives blew up at a convenience store in Lubuk Linggau, South Sumatra, injuring the store’s owner. Two people were arrested and both were found to have prior terror convictions.

June 30: A police officer died after being stabbed repeatedly by a student from the Umar bin Khattab Islamic boarding school in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara. The 16-year-old also claimed to be member of JAT and believed that police officers were infidels for working for a non-Islamic state. Read the rest of this entry »

Jakarta Hotel Bombings: On the Ground

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This, Too, Shall Pass

by Reihan Salam

The bombings are a black eye for the country’s government, but Reihan Salam says Indonesia won’t turn into another Pakistan, thanks to a robust democracy that makes it the envy of the region.

Indonesia has had an extraordinarily good run. The Islamist terrorist attack that struck two international hotels in the heart of Jakarta won’t change that. This was the first successful attack in the country since 2005. That attack followed the spectacular 2002 Bali bombing that killed or maimed hundreds of tourists, thus bringing what had been America’s war on terrorism to Southeast Asia. The consensus is that Friday’s attack was perpetrated by some of the bedraggled remnants of Jemaah Islamiyah, the local answer to al Qaeda. Read the rest of this entry »