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Indonesia must address gender perspectives in counterterrorism, experts suggest

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Police tape seals off the family home of the armed woman who was shot dead by authorities while attacking Indonesia's National Police headquarters, in Jakarta on March 31, 2021.(AFP/Dasril Roszandi )
Tri Indah Oktavianti
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 21, 2021

The involvement of women in two recent terrorism-linked attacks has sparked fresh debate on the role of gender in Indonesia's counterradicalism policies, as experts pointed out the lack of women’s perspectives and experiences in these measures.

A woman, identified only as LSF, was one half of a couple who carried out a suicide bombing of a Catholic church in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Palm Sunday on March 28.

Among those arrested by the police in Makassar with a possible link to the bombing, three were women affiliated with the Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) terrorism network.

Three days after the Makassar bombing, a 25-year-old woman named Zakiah Aini entered the National Police headquarters in Jakarta and began opening fire with an airsoft gun. She was eventually shot dead by the police.


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