Indonesian police said on Thursday, March 14 they had uncovered a huge cache of explosives linked to a terror suspect whose wife they said killed herself and at least one child in an explosion following a dramatic standoff at their home.
The discovery of bombs and bomb-making materials in the couple’s home and another in the same city raised fears that a major attack was being planned, a month before national elections and less than a year after Indonesia was rocked by a wave of deadly suicide bombings.
The arrest of Hamzah, who police said was a skilled bomb maker, came days after authorities arrested two other terror suspects in other parts of the country. Police said all three were connected.
Officers surrounded Abu Hamzah’s home in Sibolga on Sumatra island, starting an almost 12-hour standoff, during which the wife threw an explosive device at security personnel, wounding a police officer, authorities said.
They later found parts of a woman’s corpse and that of at least one child. Police initially said they thought two of the couple’s children might have been killed.
“We’re still trying to formally identify his wife because the body isn’t one piece,” Prasetyo said.
In July, an Indonesian court proscribed JAD, bolstering the powers of police to go after the group.
With reporting from AFP