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The Surabaya bombings and the evolution of the Jihadi threat in Indonesia

Schulze, Kirsten E. (2018) The Surabaya bombings and the evolution of the Jihadi threat in Indonesia. CTC Sentinel, 11 (6). pp. 1-5.

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On May 13, 2018, three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia, were targeted by suicide bombers comprising one single family of six. These are the first suicide bombings involving women and young children in Indonesia, thus marking a new modus operandi. They also show an increased capability among Indonesian Islamic State supporters when compared to previous attacks. But this increase is not necessarily indicative of a greater capacity across Indonesia’s pro-Islamic State network and the involvement of whole families reflects a broadening participation in Indonesian jihadism rather than a complete departure. The recent upsurge in violence is locally rooted, even if it is framed within the broader Islamic State ideology. The attacks also bring to the fore the role of family networks and the increased embrace of women and children in combat roles.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 Combating Terrorism Center
Divisions: International History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 11:54

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