Jakarta Police intensify security measures after Medan bombing

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2019

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said the blast happened in a auto park near an area where people were queuing for clearance letters from police.

The motive for Wednesday's attack was not immediately clear, but Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has suffered a resurgence in homegrown militancy in recent years, with some attacks aimed at the police.

"The anti-terror squad and forensics unit are still examining the crime scene", he added.

The government scrambled to tighten its anti-terrorism laws after a series of suicide bombings linked to the JAD group killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya a year ago.

A man has died and at least six people have been injured in what appears to be a suicide bombing attack at the front of an Indonesian police station. The attacker was active on social media, local reports said, but police could not specify if he was part of any terror network.

The attack came a day after Indonesia launched a website that lets the public report "radical" content posted by government workers, including material that promotes hate or intolerance.

The explosion happened around 8.45am local time at a police compound in Medan on Sumatra island.

He said that police were still investigating whether the 24-year-old university student was linked to a local affiliate of the Islamic State group known as the Jemaah Anshorut Daulah or was just an independent attacker.

In August, Indonesian authorities shot and arrested a suspected militant who attacked police officers at a station in the country's second-biggest city Surabaya.

The pair were later identified as members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist network loyal to IS and responsible for several previous attacks - including deadly suicide bombings at churches in Surabaya past year.

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