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Protecting youths from radicalization: Religious moderation must be embedded in education

  • Alpha Amirrachman

    Serang, Banten

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Serang, Banten   /   Fri, April 9 2021   /  01:23 am
Members of the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad hold a terrorist threat simulation exercise on Dec. 16, 2020 at Lebak Bulus MRT Station in South Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Zakiah Aini’s lone wolf attack on the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta last week highlights the growing role of youth in terrorism. Police shot dead the 25-year-old, who family and acquaintances said was “shy”, and who carried out the attack with an airsoft gun. This is the latest in the police’s crackdown on suspected terrorists and terrorist activities, which has resulted in 1,773 arrests nationwide since 2018. The involvement of youth in terror attacks around the world is not new. Young women in particular are often used to deliver secret messages and carry out violent attacks, including suicide bombings. It is believed they arouse less suspicion and so can get closer to their targets. But any violence that involves youth rattles our conscience as to how youthful vibrancy and idealism could transform into unimaginable murderous acts, which...