Indonesia: Islamic State responsible for suicide bombing at Solo police base
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Indonesia: Islamic State responsible for suicide bombing at Solo police base

THE suicide bombing attack at a police headquarters in the Javanese city of Solo, Indonesia this morning was carried out by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, authorities say.

Police have also named the attacker as 30-year-old Nur Rohman.

According to the Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s State Intelligent Body (BIN) chief Sutiyoso said there is a concentration of sympathizers located in and around Solo who are believed to be preparing for attacks.

“There are a number of IS sympathizers here who decided not to depart for Iraq and Syria. Instead, they aim to target police and intelligence personnel here,” Sutiyoso was quoted as saying.

Sutiyoso said the latest attack was a part of the IS global terror strategy.

“They have been defeated in several countries,” he said.

According to local media, the lone attacker, who detonated the explosive at about 7.30am local time, was the only person who died in the attack, while a policeman escaped with minor injuries.

Police Disaster Victim Identification Chief Anton Castelani told Kompas that a team was immediately dispatched to the scene.

“The DVI team and Semarang Labforcab, and another team from Jateng are on the way to the area,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Condro Kirono, chief of Central Java Police, says a bomb squad is combing the area around the police headquarters for explosives.

According to the Straits Times, the bomber had arrived at the headquarters on a motorcycle. He blew himself up after being stopped by officers from entering the building.

Condro said the attacker, who has yet to be identified, tried to barge into the police station at about 7.35 am local time.

“A member of the security personnel tried to intercept the attacker but he reversed, and tried to get away,” he was quoted as saying. “During the pursuit by the police, the perpetrator detonated the bomb.”

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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