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Jakarta Post

Densus 88 raids suicide bomber’s home

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Fri, July 8, 2016   /  04:32 pm
Densus 88 raids suicide bomber’s home Police officers scrutinize the location of a suicide bombing in front of a police station in Surakarta, Central Java. (The Jakarta Post/Ganug Adi Nugroho)

The National Police's counterterrorism unit, Densus 88, on Friday searched the home of Nur Rohman, a suicide bomber who attacked a police station in Surakarta, Central Java, on the eve of Idul Fitri.

An explosion rocked the front yard of the police station on Tuesday morning, killing the suicide bomber and injuring a police officer.

Nur was a member of a homegrown Islamic State (IS) cell led by Arief Hidayatullah, alias Abu Musab, who is suspected of planning an attack in December last year.  

Ten Densus 88 personnel arrived at the house in Sangkrah, Surakarta, at 11 a.m; the property was empty, as Nur’s wife Triana and their two children were staying at a relative's house.

The two-hour search involved personnel from Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification (INAFIS) and the police’s forensics lab. The team took away boxes and papers from the house.  

Surakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Ahmad Luthfi said the search aimed to gather further evidence.

“I’m waiting for the results of the search this morning,” said Luthfi, who was accompanying President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.   

He added that in the immediate wake of the attack, police had confiscated phone books and texts on Islam and jihad from the house. (wit)

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