IS Bombmaker Smiles After Sentencing

By Jack Long

Twenty-three-year-old Dodi Suridi, a supporter of the Islamic State, was sentenced on 20 October for helping make one of the bombs used in the Jakarta attacks. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, he said he accepted the court’s verdict as “the risk of being a terrorist.”

Upon leaving the court Suridi smiled at the cameras and raised only his pointer-finger to the sky. A sign common with IS supporters, it represents the one and only God, Allah.

The attack on Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, took place on 14 January 2016; the bombs, altered gas canisters, killed four civilians and the two terrorists who carried out the attacks. Islamic extremist attacks are common in Indonesia, mainly because of the aggressive divide between the main religious sects. Ironically, Indonesia’s motto is “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika,” or “Unity in Diversity.”


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