JAKARTA: The wife and child of an arrested militant, who was plotting attacks in the Indonesian capital, have died in an explosion during a siege on their home in North Sumatra, the national police chief said.
The woman is believed to have blown herself up hours after throwing a homemade bomb that injured an officer as police tried
to search the house in Sibologa district on Tuesday, Dedi Prasetyo, the police chief, said.
Police officers at the location said there were two explosions and smoke at the house at about 1.30am on Tuesday, Dedi said yesterday.
The woman had earlier refused calls from police and local leaders to surrender.
“Police are now still conducting sterilisation at the crime scene and finding a safe way to evacuate the bodies of the woman and her child,” he said.
Dedi said the woman’s husband, known as Husein, was arrested on Tuesday after the interrogation of another suspected militant, Rinto Sugiharto, who was apprehended in Lampung on Saturday, uncovered plans for attacks in Jakarta.
Both men were members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a militant network affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, police added.
IS attacks abroad have inspired Indonesian militants despite a sustained crackdown that obliterated an al-Qaeda affiliated network that was responsible for the Bali bombings in 2002 and other attacks.
In May last year, two families carried out suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, killing a dozen people and two young girls whose parents had involved them in one of the attacks.
According to police, the girls’ father was the head of a local Jemaah Anshorut Daulah cell. — AP