Suspected Indonesian militant wounded in failed suicide bombing

Authorities said the suspect is in the hospital with injuries in his hand and abdomen. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 June 2019
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Suspected Indonesian militant wounded in failed suicide bombing

  • Authorities said they will continue investigations after the attacker recovers
  • Hundreds of suspects were arrested after a series of suicide bombings killed 30 people in Surabaya

JAKARTA: An Indonesian militant suspected of being influenced by Daesh was seriously wounded when he tried to blow himself up in a suicide attack outside a police station, authorities said on Tuesday.
The attack late on Monday comes as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country prepares to celebrate the Eid Al-Fitr festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
“This was a suicide bomber,” said national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo. The suspect was in hospital after sustaining injuries to his right hand and abdomen.
No other casualties were reported when the 22-year-old man in Sukoharjo, in Central Java province, set off what police described as low-grade explosives.
“If he fully recovers, we will investigate further into his motive,” Prasetyo said, adding the suspect was found to have been exposed to the militant ideology of Daesh.
Indonesia is grappling with a resurgence in militancy.
Counter-terrorism police have detained hundreds of suspected militants after a series of suicide bombings at churches and police stations in the city of Surabaya killed more than 30 people last year.
Hundreds of Indonesians are believed to have traveled to join Daesh.
Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, where most people practice a moderate form of Islam, are worried about returnees spreading radical ideology.


16 dead in crush at Madagascar independence day rally

Updated 6 min 15 sec ago
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16 dead in crush at Madagascar independence day rally

  • The accident occurred outside Mahamasina Stadium, where several thousand people had gathered for a concert following the traditional military parade held to mark National Day

ANTANANARIVO: At least 16 people were crushed to death and dozens injured in Madagascar on Wednesday at a stadium hosting national independence day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo.
The bodies of sixteen victims, including three children, were stored at the mortuary of HJRA hospital in the city, AFP journalists said.
Hospital director Oliva Alison Rakoto had earlier reported 15 dead and 80 wounded.
According to witnesses at the hospital, the accident occurred in the afternoon outside the Mahamasina stadium, where several thousand people had gathered for a concert following the traditional military parade held to mark the national holiday.
At the end of a military parade, security forces opened the gates to allow spectators to leave the enclosure, causing the crowd to mass outside the stadium, witnesses said.
The police then immediately closed the gates and blocked the crowd, witnesses said, causing a deadly pile up.
“When the organizers opened the gate, we were in the front row, in the queue,” said Jean Claude Etienne Rakotoarimanana, 29, who suffered bruises from the crush.
“Suddenly people ran to get in front of us. They shoved us, some even punched us and pulled us,” he added, saying he then fainted.
In September 2018, a deadly crush killed one person and injured 30 people in similar circumstances at the entrance of the same stadium during a football match between Madagascar and Senegal.