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Second suicide blast this year hits North Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan and Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14, 2019   /  08:20 am
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The Medan Police secure their headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Nov. 13, after a suicide bombing during morning roll call. (AFP/Atar)

A man blew himself at Medan Police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, injuring at least six people, in a second suicide blast in the province this year. North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Tatan Dirsan Atmaja identified the suspected suicide bomber as Medan resident Rabbial Muslim Nasution, alias Dedek. It is thought that the 24-year-old carried out the attack alone, but the police are investigating whether he had any links to Islamic State-linked homegrown terror group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has been behind a number of terror attacks in the past. “[Rabbial] had resigned from his job as an online-delivery motorcycle driver,” Tatan said on Wednesday. “We still don’t know about his affiliation with other [terrorist] groups.” The suicide bombing occurred at about 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, after morning roll call at the police h...