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Indonesia's veteran jihadis disapprove of the ISIS generation

  • Gullnaz Baig
    Gullnaz Baig

    PhD researcher at the London School of Economics

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London   /   Thu, April 20, 2017   /  04:06 pm
Indonesia's veteran jihadis disapprove of the ISIS generation The deaths of 202 people in a terrorist attack are commemorated by friends and family at the Bali Bombing monument in Kuta, Bali, on Oct. 12, 2010. (JP/Stanny Angga)

A new crop of Indonesian extremists, with their penchant for social media, is drawing the ire of an older generation. Will this fragmentation further weaken the jihadi movement in the South East Asian nation? When Dian Yulia Novi was arrested in December for her role in a plot to bomb the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesians were enthralled by the discovery of what could have been the country's first female suicide bomber. The involvement of women as suicide bombers in Islamist extremist groups, increasingly commonplace in the Middle East and in sub-Saharan Africa, was hitherto a novel development in the world's most populous Muslim state. General Tito Karnavian, chief of the Indonesian Police, cautioned that Dian was only one of several women under surveillance in connection with terror cells across the country. It was another Indonesia...

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