A female suicide bomber’s plan to attack the guard-changing ceremony at the presidential palace was thwarted after arrests were made on Saturday.
According to ABC news, the female known as Dian Yulia Novi and her husband Nur Solihin, along with four suspected militants, had been given orders to bomb Indonesia’s Capital, by Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State group in Syria.
Reports by police state that the suspects were a part of a bomb-making lab in West Java under Naim’s command.
Previously a migrant worker in Singapore and Taiwan, Novi confessed this Wednesday, on TVOne, to learning of Jihad on social media sites like facebook. She became radicalized after reading articles on monotheism, defending the caliphate and about Aman Abdurrahman, from an Islamic website.
Showing complete indifference for Indonesians, Novi exposed their plan to use a 3-kilogram bomb to blow up the presidential guard changing ceremony, said to be a highly attended family event in Jakarta. Novi said in the interview, “The target is not ordinary people, not hawkers, not babes. The target is the enforcers of man-made laws.”
Novi explained that Naim told her to “mingle” with the spectators of the event. “Then I would run toward the presidential guard and explode myself. That will be far from the spectators so they would not be hit directly,” she said.
The police have connected Naim to several attacks, including the January attack in Jakarta which killed a total of eight people.
Crackdowns on militants were made after the al-Qaida 2002 bombings, with 202 fatalities in the tourist island of Baili. Since then, however, several hundred ISIS sympathizers from Indonesians have made their way to Syria to join the IS ranks.
Solihin, Novi’s husband, also spoke during the interview, confessing to marrying his wife solely to orchestrate her suicide bombing. He said that Naim had given him orders to bring his wife to the Jakarta Istiqlal Mosque, and that she would walk the remaining 500 meters to the target location. He went on to say, “I did not know what the target was. Only after police revealed the bomb plot, then I realized that the target was the presidential palace.”
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