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Jakarta Post

Medan bomber pledged loyalty to new IS leader before attack

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Medan   /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  12:26 am

Answers needed: Officers of the National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad and a police fingerprint unit search the house of a suicide bomber on Jl. Serdang, Medan Belawan, Medan, North Sumatra, on Thursday.(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)The suicide bomber at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra on Wednesday is believed to have been active in a Telegram chat group belonging to homegrown terror group Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD) and to have pledged allegiance to the new leader of the Islamic State (IS) group before carrying out the attack. The revelation has highlighted the terrorist group's lasting appeal to vulnerable young Indonesians, despite extensive arrests by the nation's counterterrorism squad, military defeats in the Middle East and the recent death of its first caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Baghdadi was killed in a raid by United States special forces in northwestern Syri...