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Jakarta Post

Church attacker thought to be lone-wolf

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:20 am

The attack on St. Lidwina Catholic church in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Sunday, conforms to a pattern of terrorist attacks that have taken place in countries across the world in recent years.

Although Suliyono, the suspect in the case, and his actions are under investigation, he fits the profile of a so-called lone-wolf terrorist. This kind of terrorist has become more common and is notoriously difficult for authorities to deal with.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said the police had not yet found if Suliyono had any links to extremist groups. The police concluded that Suliyono was a lone-wolf terrorist because it appears he acted alone, he went on.

Setyo further explained that Suliyono was radicalized when he joined several religious organizations as a school student in Sulawesi. He refused to disclose the names of the organizations, which might h...