Saturday, April 16, 2011

Suicide bomb in mosque

Suicide bomber has attacked a mosque located in the complex of Police Cirebon, in Cirebon city. The bomb exploded yesterday (Friday, April 15, 2011) at around 12:20, resulted in 1 person died (suspected as the perpetrator) and 26 people injured. Most of the victims were police because the mosque is a worship facility within the police complex.

According to the news in Indonesia, the perpetrator were identified aged between 20-25 years, 170 cm tall, oval-faces and short-haired, worn a jacket, a hat, and brought a prayer rug.

Actually this is not the first time for the bomb attack on the mosque. Previously it had occurred at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on April 19, 1999. Nevertheless usually observers in Indonesia, even international, tend to associate the bomb cases with Islamic extremists. But I guess a bomb attack in the mosque for this time probably will triggers various discourse and assumption. It's clear that the target location of bomb attacks this time are in the mosque and the police.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Tikno,

    I have been following the news on TVs about this suicide bombing, and some terrorists observers have various theories :

    1) the bomber wanted to revenge against the
    Police institution that have been very
    successful in eliminating terrorists here.
    or
    2) the bomber was angry at the trial of Abubakar
    Ba'asyir. But Ba'asyir's organization MMI
    denied this allegation.
    or
    3) it the work of an institution that is not
    happy with the Police position as the top
    security agency in the country.

    Others said that this bombing show the importance to issue the intelligence law which is still being discussed by the DPR.

    One thing for sure is this bombing makes me question about the effectiveness and efficiency of our intelligence network. Especially that until now the Police still cannot identify those responsible for the spread of book bombs that exploded 1 month earlier in Jakarta.

    PS: The bomb in Istiqlal Mosque was not by suicide bomber, but was placed there.

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  2. Another possibility may be the man was another, socially isolated guy angry with God, the world, mankind and himself.

    The phenomenon of these kind of loners, suicidal individuals, who want to take as many with him, is known from killings in US, Germany, Finland and Alphen, the Netherlands (Last week a young men at random killed seven people in a shopping centre and next committed suicide in one of the shops). Maybe this man in Cirebon had similar mental problems.

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  3. Terrorism is now spread allover the world so no one can immediately stop but decrease their activities through punishment and negotiations Indonesian government should act strongly on the terrorism.

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  4. Maybe we 'needed' this action. why? so that the police acts more quickly in eradicating terrorists now that it struck their own. That being said, I'm not condoning the action of any suicide bomber at all. But unless it's close to home, people tends to be more relax.

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  5. @ Multibrand,
    Thanks to extend this post. Yeah a lot of presumptions growing now. According to you, which presumptions are closer?

    Here are a few interesting opinions that I quoted from Antara News:
    1) Islamic Students Association Alumni Corps (KAHMI) asked the government to immediately reform the intelligence to be able to work better, effective in warding off terrorism.

    2) Rector of Bandung Institute of Technology, Prof. Dr. Akhmaloka Ph.D. said the character education may anticipate the development of terrorism tenet in the younger generation. He also said terrorists actually because of dissatisfaction which it resulting frustration, suicide. Moreover suicide bomb did not fit the standpoint of any religions or beliefs.

    3) Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) KH Said Aqil Siradj said this is the proof of our intelligence weaknesses. What is more apprehensive is this happened in Cirebon City which is famous as the city of religious leader.

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  6. @ Colson,
    Perhaps the presumption of mental illness is the most neutral views from Colson. But temporarily and personally I would agree with you as long as the evidence is still vague.

    @ Prasad,
    WHAT...? decrease their activities through punishment and negotiations?

    Suicide bombers are even not afraid to punishment because they're really sure will not be punished by judge after death.

    As for negotiations... can you tell us of what kind of negotiations that can decrease their activities?

    I'm confused! maybe others too.

    @ Triesti,
    Wow ... you seem to satirize the police.
    In the case of dancing cop Norman Kamaru, many also being said, police also ordinary human who need relax to release the tension. ;)

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  7. In these days of me,me,me the crazies make it difficult for us to preserve the GOOD that is what made this world the place it is.
    On another note, I read an article that list lanaguages that will be extinct VERY soon : the guardian.co.uk/April 13, 2011. It lists the LENGILU of KALIMANTAN, Indoesia as one of many. You have such great reach to your neighbors, I thought you should know.
    omegetymon

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  8. Omegetymon, the world is getting weird, isn't it?

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  9. Tikno, you know my views on this matter very well. Fundamentalists will not stop at any thing to drive their ideology home to moderates. My condolences to the families of the killed policemen and best wishes to all Indonesians to come out of this danger at the earliest.

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  10. Rummuser, I know you will recommend "do anything to eradicate them even must be sentenced to death". Well, a reasonable recommendation!

    But I still doubt whether it would end it all. No warranty because suicide bombers are not afraid to die. For me, the most effective way is to provide the true understanding of religious teaching to the younger generation. This is a tough task for parents, religious teachers, schools, and government.

    In addition, it seems brutal murder is the pattern in developed countries, not because of religion but tend due to the factors of severe stress or mental sickness.

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  11. Those suicide bombers, regardless of their motives, are mentally disturbed. This one is no exception. They hate things and people around them with no clear reasons. The religious sentiments are good fuels to satisfy their tormented brains. Pathetic!

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  12. Yari NK,
    Widespread publicity in the media for their actions indirectly satisfying their tormented brain. Do you also think like that?

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