Special Reports and Analysis

Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses: Southeast Asia, Indonesia

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There was a significant reduction in terroristrelated incidents in Indonesia in 2019. Compared to 15 attacks and 12 foiled plots in 2018, at least eight attacks and ten foiled plots were recorded in 2019. In all, four civilians, a policeman, and four terrorist suspects were killed in various violent
incidents, while at least 14 police officers, two terrorists, and three civilians were injured. Pro-IS groups and individuals connected with Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (Congregation of IS Supporters/JAD), the largest Indonesian pro-IS network, continued to dominate the threat landscape. Others, including the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (Mujahidin of Eastern Indonesia/MIT), and various independent cells were also active. This is despite the JAD and other groups being

organisationally crippled after counterterrorism operations were significantly enhanced under a tighter new anti-terrorism law passed in May 2018. Going forward, terrorist groups may increasingly rely on family or kinship networks to plan and execute attacks in Indonesia, some of which may continue to leverage simple weaponry like knives.

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