Blast injures Indonesian boy playing with bomb

Terror suspect flees after 3-year-old son sets off homemade device in family home
Blast injures Indonesian boy playing with bomb

Villagers gather in front of a house under police investigation in the city of Bangil, East Java, on July 5 after a convicted terrorist managed to escape after his son was injured by detonating a homemade bomb. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP)

The 3-year-old son of a convicted Indonesian terrorist was injured after a low-intensity bomb exploded while he was playing with it at the family home, according to police in East Java.

The blast occurred in Bangil, a village in East Java, on July 5, seriously injuring the infant. 

Police said the bomb was made by a convicted terrorist called Abdullah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name

Abdullah, 50, originally from Aceh, was jailed for two years in 2010 for detonating a cooking-pot bomb outside a police station in Kalimalang, East Jakarta.

East Java police chief Machfud Arifin said Abdullah's son accidentally triggered one of several bombs in the hose while he was playing with it, causing serious injuries to his face and arms.

He is being treated at a police-run hospital in Surabaya, East Java.

Meanwhile, Abdullah, who in the house at the time of the blast, panicked and set off two other devices before fleeing, said the police chief, adding that his wife was arrested at the scene.

A manhunt has been launched to capture Abdullah, he said. 

Al Chaidar, a terrorism expert from Malikussaleh University in Aceh on Sumatra Island, said Abdullah was a member of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a terror group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

The group was responsible for a series of bomb attacks in Indonesia, including attacks on three churches and a police station in Surabaya in May that killed 26 people including 13 terrorists. 

On June 22, an Indonesian court sentenced JAD's leader Aman Abdurrahman to death for masterminding a string of attacks in the country.

This incident shows how committed terrorists can be to their ideology as Abdullah was still making bombs despite having been jailed previously and being known to police, Al Chaidar said.

Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, a member of a presidential task force on state philosophy, said the bomb blast shows that terrorists can still strike anywhere — even next door.

"People must be more vigilant especially so with people who move into their neighborhoods," he said.

He said society has to fight against the infiltration of radical ideology and develop preventive measures against terrorism and its network.

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