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Terrorist attack on Wiranto: Danger of family terrorism

  • Al Chaidar and Herdi Sahrasad

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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 19, 2019   /  10:28 am
Terrorist attack on Wiranto: Danger of family terrorism Such extremist clerics are intellectual actors who are often difficult to be snared by the current Indonesian penal system, as it is hard to prove who are the masterminds of violence and murder under the current Terrorism Law. (Antara/Ardi Kuncoro)

The assault against Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto on Oct. 10 was truly shocking and hard to predict. Attacks targeting top officials were once designed in 2005 by Noordin M.Top, the killed Malaysian terrorist, when a member of his group at that time, Abdullah Umamity, intended to attack then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or his inner circle. The plan failed to materialize. The stabbing of Wiranto by a man identified as Abu Rara and his wife FA is considered family terrorism as it involved members of a nuclear family. The suspects are linked to the Indonesian-based group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which leans toward the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Although JAD leader Aman Abdurrahman has declared family terrorism a “forbidden jihad”, apparently Abu Rara and his wife followed the doctrine of Chalid Abubakar, the leader...

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