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Jakarta Post

Returnees now clear and present danger

  • Ulta Levenia and Alban Sciascia


Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  01:23 pm
Returnees now clear and present danger Gruesome attack: A Philippine Army soldier walks inside a church after a bomb attack in Jolo, Sulu province, the Philippines. (Armed Forces of the Philippines - Western Mindanao Command/Handout via Reuters/-)

On Jan. 27, a bomb exploded in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu province, in the Philippines. A day after the attack, which killed 22 and injured more than 100 people, the Philippine Defense Ministry announced the act had been carried out by an Indonesian couple. Doubts were raised about the origin of the suicide bombers, until Indonesia’s National Police confirmed recently that both individuals were indeed Indonesian nationals. Nevertheless, for the local population, it was clear that this act was the responsibility of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF). The Sulu islands region is the cradle of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a terrorist organization founded by a charismatic Filipino leader, Abdurajak Janjalani. Janjalani received a scholarship from the Muammar Gaddafi government and studied Arabic and theology in Libya in the 1980s. Abdurajak and his brother &m...

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