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Jakarta Post

Detect, deter extremists

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  01:32 am

The suicide bombing at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra on Wednesday is the latest reminder of the nation’s vulnerability to violent extremism. Acts of terrorism pose a serious threat not only to national security but also to our hard-won democracy.The blast, perpetrated by local resident Rabbial Muslim Nasution, 24, came just one month after a couple launched a knife attack on then chief security minister Wiranto during his working visit to the Banten regency of Pandeglang. Within 24 hours the police arrested Rabbial’s wife, identified only as DA, whom investigators suspect was in communication with a terrorist convict serving his sentence in a Medan penitentiary regarding a plan to attack Bali. The police are also hunting down the mentor of Rabbial, who is believed to have indoctrinated Rabbial to blow himself up in an attack on an “enemy of Islam”.The police may ...