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Wife, mother and suicide bomber

  • Ulta Levenia and Alban Sciascia

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22, 2019   /  09:35 am
Wife, mother and suicide bomber Wreckage of the homes of a woman who blew herself up and her neighbours in Sibolga, North Sumatra on March 16. (Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)

In an isolated village in Sibolga, North Sumatra, early on March 13, a woman named Solimah decided to blow herself up with her infant after hours of negotiation with the police. The negotiations were deadlocked although Husain — also known as Abu Hamzah, Solimah’s husband — was trying to persuade his wife, who was determined to conduct the suicide bombing, to surrender peacefully. A day after, following Husain’s interrogation, counterterrorism force Densus 88 arrested several suspects in the province in a case related to a terrorist network. One was a woman believed to be Husain’s second wife and accomplice in his bombings plan. According to interviews with a local cleric, Husain returned to Sibolga last year from somewhere in Java. His relatives said he was mostly secretive. The cleric also said previously Solimah was known to wear a burqa but when...

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