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.


Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

  • Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday
  • Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police

KARACHI: Pakistan’s anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People’s Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.
“NAB’s Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over ‘assets beyond means’,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement, refering to a class of case in which a defendant is accused of possessing assets higher than their known sources of income.
Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday, an official statement said.
The opposition stalwart was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, Pakistan’s DawnNewsTV reported. He will remain in custody on Wednesday evening.
Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad home, the domestic staff at his house told DawnNewsTV.