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Little bombers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:59 am

Indonesia now bears the heavy shadow of child suicide bombers — just as Muslims are about to enter the holy fasting month of Ramadhan. They used to be part of horrific, distant news stories involving Palestine, Boko Haram, the Islamic State (IS). Now they are here.  

Reports so far say four children survived the recent terror acts in East Java that were led by their parents. They include a badly wounded 8-year-old girl who was thrown off a motorcycle driven by her father, who had with her mother and brother detonated explosives at the Surabaya Police headquarters on Monday; and three boys whose parents and older sister were killed in an explosion at a low-cost apartment near the provincial capital.

The other children who were killed, after they were directed or brought along by parents on a suicide mission to three churches on Sunday, were two girls and their two ol...