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Jakarta Post

Breaking the chain of online radicalization

On guard: Police officers guard the entrance to the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on March 31, after a woman opened fire inside the compound. (AFP/Mariana)
Arif Budi Setyawan
Tuban, East Java   ●   Thu, April 22 2021

On March 31, a gun-brandishing 25-year-old woman — identified only as ZA — walked into the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta and threatened to shoot officers. In a matter of minutes, she was shot dead. It is believed she acted alone and was not connected to any known terrorist network.

But she left a note which suggested she was following the violent extremist ideology of the Islamic State (IS) movement. The lack of connections to existing networks, the tone and content of her farewell letter and initial police information about her social media use suggest the strong possibility that she was self-radicalized by exposure to extremist materials on the internet. Extremist materials on social media likely played an important part in forming her worldview.

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