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Suspected militant dies in Indonesia suicide bombing

Published 05/07/2016

The suicide bomber struck in the Indonesian city of Solo
The suicide bomber struck in the Indonesian city of Solo

A suspected militant has died in a suicide bombing attack outside the police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Solo.

The attack on Tuesday morning also injured one policeman.

Major General Condro Kirono, chief of Central Java Police, said a bomb squad is combing the area around the police headquarters in Solo for explosives.

He said the authorities believe the attack, at about 7.30am local time, was carried out by a militant network that targets police and other security forces.

"This was done by terrorism networks that continue to regenerate. Whether it is an old or new network will be revealed by the investigation," he said.

TV footage showed a limited amount of damage on the street and a partially destroyed motorcycle.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since the 2002 bombings by Jemaah Islamiyah on the tourist island of Bali that killed 202 people.

Militant networks have been weakened and recent attacks have been small in scale but ideological inspiration from the Islamic State group has provided the impetus for some local radicals to regroup.

The attack occurred a day before predominantly Muslim Indonesia, and Muslims worldwide, celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month.

Solo is known as a hotbed of Islamic radicalism in Java, one of Indonesia's main islands.

The city is home to the fundamentalist Al Mukmin Islamic boarding school founded by Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the Bali bombers, which produced a generation of violent militants.

Maj Gen Kirono said extra security precautions will be taken for Wednesday's Eid El-Fitr prayers in the city.

AP

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