The suspect, who is in police custody, was identified as a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Islamic State-linked jihadist network blamed for a series of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia‘s second-biggest city last year.
Officers then surrounded the man’s home in Sibolga on Sumatra island when the confrontation began.
During a nearly 12-hour standoff, the woman lobbed an explosive device at security personnel, wounding a police officer, said national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo.
“The information we have is that the wife of the suspect blew herself up at around 1:30 am (Wednesday),” he told AFP, adding that authorities could not immediately enter the home over fears of another explosion.
Local resident Samsul Pasaribu said the force of the blast was felt through the neighbourhood.
“We thought it was an earthquake,” he added.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo said he hoped other jihadist cells in the area would be discovered, but dismissed suggestions that any planned attacks were linked to presidential elections next month.
Since the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed over 200 people including scores of tourists, Indonesia has seen a string of deadly attacks that have tested its long-held reputation for religious tolerance.
? 2019 AFP