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Foiled bomb attack in Surabaya mimics Sarinah bombing: Police

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Surabaya   /   Fri, June 10 2016   /  08:56 am

A recent foiled terrorist attack in Surabaya, East Java, was related to a vicious bomb attack on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta in January, according to the National Police.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the planned Surabaya attack was related to the Thamrin bombing and inspired by the teachings of the Islamic State (IS) organization that spread through social media.

“The Surabaya terrorist suspects are linked to the Sarinah attack through Shibgho, who was seen at the scene when Thamrin bombing occurred,” Boy said on Thursday.

The police arrested three suspects on Wednesday, identified as Priyo Hadi Purnomo, Jefri Rachmawan, and Feri Novendi, who are all Surabayans. They were once imprisoned in Porong Penitentiary in Surabaya, where they shared terrorism ideology.

Priyo was imprisoned for a drug crime and released in 2015. Jef...