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Jakarta Post

JAD cells work independently yet connected through social media

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23, 2019   /  12:46 pm
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Police Mobile Brigade personnel collect evidence after a raid on a house believed to be the residence of a suspected terrorist's parent in Lampung on Oct. 15.(Antara/Ardiansyah)

Recent crackdowns on the Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) reveal how IS sympathizers in Indonesia work independently, in different cells, but connected through social media. The National Police revealed recently that the JAD members were scattered across the nation yet connected through chatting apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, through which they updated each others' plans. "However, they do not use the platform to design attacks together. A member would just declare his plan for an attack and ask for the others' blessing before committing the crime," the National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo told journalists on Oct. 14. He further said the impact of every attack would be different. “[The impact] would depend on the capability of each attacker," he said, adding that JAD members would perfor...