Indonesia: one dead and 7 injured in explosion at police station

Indonesia: one dead and 7 injured in explosion at police station

BANDUNG, Indonesia — A man blew himself up with an explosive device at a police station on Java, Indonesia’s main island, Wednesday in what appeared to be another suicide attack in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

A man was entering the Astana Anyar police headquarters when he detonated his explosives, Bandung police chief Aswin Sipayung said. The attacker and an officer died in the explosion, while six other police officers and a civilian were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Police were investigating the attack in the city of Bandung, in West Java province, and whether the man, who has yet to be identified, has ties to radical groups.

A video was circulating on social media showing body parts scattered near the damaged lobby of the police station.

Television images showed a column of white smoke billowing from the area and people fleeing in panic after the loud detonation.

Indonesia has fought extremist groups since a series of attacks on the resort island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. In recent years, attacks against foreigners have been largely replaced by smaller, less lethal attacks targeting government, police, and counterterrorism forces, as well as individuals perceived to be infidels.

In May 2018, two families carried out a series of suicide bombings on churches in the city of Surabaya, killing a dozen people, including two girls whose parents were involved in one of the bombings. Police said the father was the head of a local affiliate of the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.

Last year, two attackers believed to be from an extremist network allied to the Islamic State group blew themselves up outside a crowded Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday mass on the island of Sulawesi, injuring at least 20 people.

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