The Jakarta Post
An unknown assailant reportedly attacked two police officers at a mosque near the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Friday evening.
“An attack on two police officers occurred tonight,” the National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul told reporters on Friday.
The victims have been identified as Adj. Comr. Dede Suhatmi and First Brig. M. Syaiful Bakhtiar.
According to the police, the two police officers were completing their prayers at Falatehan Mosque, across from the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta, when the assailant suddenly stabbed the officers using a bayonet. The suspect stabbed the officers after shouting, “Thogut!”
Thogut is an Arabic word for those who worship anything other than God.
From the mosque, the suspect ran to the nearby Blok M bus station. When another police officer fired a warning shot, the assailant turned around and ran toward the officer and tried, but failed to stab him while shouting, “Allahu akbar!” He was reportedly shot dead.
The wounded officers were treated at the nearby Central Pertamina Hospital. (kuk/ary)