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Wednesday February 08, 2023

Suicide bombing kills Indonesian police officer, wounds 10

Police identify attacker as 34-year-old Agus Sujatno, who was linked to pro-Daesh group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

By AFP
December 07, 2022
Police secure the site of a suicide bombing outside a police station at Astanaanyar in Bandung, West Java province, on December 7, 2022. — AFP
Police secure the site of a suicide bombing outside a police station at Astanaanyar in Bandung, West Java province, on December 7, 2022. — AFP

BANDUNG: A suspected militant suicide bomber killed a police officer and wounded 10 other people in an attack on a police station in the Indonesian city of Bandung on Wednesday, police said.

Police identified the attacker as 34-year-old Agus Sujatno, who was linked to the pro-Daesh group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had already served four years in a maximum security prison for his involvement in a 2017 bombing.

"The fingerprint test and the facial recognition identified the perpetrator as Agus Sujatno, or Abu Muslim," national police chief Listyo Sigit told a press conference in Bandung, capital of West Java province.

He was released in September 2021 after serving his sentence for a previous bombing in Bandung, Sigit added.

Wednesday's blast occurred at about 8:00 am at the Astana Anyar police office in Bandung.

"When our officers were doing the morning roll call, a man tried to enter the office forcibly and officers tried to stop him," said West Java police chief Suntana, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

"The perpetrator insisted on getting closer to our officers while wielding a knife and suddenly an explosion happened," he told reporters.

A witness who was near the police station said he heard a very loud explosion.

"I heard a bang, it was so loud. I took a peak inside the police office and I saw thick smoke billowing," Didin Khaerudin, who runs a nearby kiosk, told AFP, adding police ordered shops to close after the blast.

A second device was later found nearby and safely detonated by the police bomb squad, Suntana said.

A civilian passerby was among the injured, who were mostly hit by shattered glass and debris, he said.

Police said they had found paper messages attached to the blue motorbike ridden by the attacker.

The messages denounced the Indonesian criminal code as a product of "infidels" and urged people to wage a war against law enforcers, police said.

Police also found a stack of papers at the scene rejecting a newly passed amendment to the criminal code.