Who Is JAD, the Group Blamed for Attacking Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister?


Homegrown terror group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah made headlines once more with last week’s daylight attack by one of its members on Chief Security Minister Wiranto.

The shadowy group has been the most active of its kind in Indonesia over the past few years, and it is believed to have been behind the terror attack in Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta in January 2016, a church bombing in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, in November 2016, a suicide bombing at a bus shelter in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, in May 2017, armed assaults on policemen in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, in September 2017, and coordinated suicide bombings on three churches by six members of the same family in Surabaya, East Java, in May last year.

The United States government designated JAD a terrorist organization in January 2017, in a move to disrupt Islamic State operations in Southeast Asia.

On July 31 last year, following the horrifying attacks on the three churches in Surabaya by parents and their four young children, the South Jakarta District Court declared JAD an organization committed to acts of terror, with proven ties to the radical Islamic State group, and ordered its immediate disbandment under the 2002 Anti-Terrorism Law.

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Source: Jacarta Globe