Criminal Attack on Police Headquarters
Indonesia. Terrorist attack on the main office of the National Police in the capital.
Armed woman shot dead in Indonesian police headquarters
Authorities declared a terror alert and feared attacks after Sunday's attack on a Catholic cathedral.
Indonesian police on Wednesday (31.03.2021) shot down a woman who entered their headquarters in Jakarta armed, a fact that Indonesian media consider an attempted terrorist attack. The country, the one with the world's largest Muslim population, was on terror alert after Sunday's attack on a Catholic cathedral.
CCTV footage shows how the woman, wearing a Muslim veil and a feminine dress, enters the police station in the rain and armed with what looks like a rifle. She approaches one of the buildings and when she comes across two policemen who come out to see what is going on, she threatens them with her weapon and forces them to go back inside.
Police, who initially did not make statements even to confirm whether this was a terrorist attack, have finally confirmed that the deceased was an Islamic State sympathizer. "He was a 'lone wolf' who supported the ideology of IS and this has been proven by his messages on social networks," police chief L. S. P. told the press.
After a few seconds of confusion in which several shots are heard, the suspect, who walks in different directions to detect possible threats, is shot dead and her body remains inert on the ground before being transferred to the hospital. This comes after two suicide bombers killed and injured 20 people on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on a Christian church on the island of Sulawesi in central Indonesia.
In the attack, which occurred after Palm Sunday mass, the only people killed were the two attackers, a young couple. Police attributed it to the radical Indonesian group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), close to the Islamic State group. The archipelago, where 88 percent of its 260 million inhabitants practice Islam, has suffered several jihadist attacks in the last two decades, among them the one perpetrated on the island of Bali in 2002, which caused 202 deaths.