He (the suicide bomber) was once arrested for the same case
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives' (DPR's) Commission III is planning to summon the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) over the suicide bombing at a police station in Bandung City, West Java, on Wednesday (Dec 7, 2022).

"We will summon BNPT after the next session period," House Commission III member Nazaruddin Dek Gam stated in Jakarta on Friday.

Nazaruddin said the House Commission III will seek details from BNPT about its deradicalization program, including its intelligent coordination to handle terrorism networks.

"Why did it (suicide bombing) happen again? He (the suicide bomber) was once arrested for the same case. However, after he was set free, he still (committed the terror act). That is why we will summon them," he remarked.

According to the House member, the BNPT had failed to notice the movement of terrorism networks since the suicide bombing at Astanaanyar Police Station in Bandung involved a former terror convict.

"The perpetrator was once arrested for the same case. This means that they (BNPT) failed to notice," he remarked.

According to West Java Provincial Police chief Inspector General Suntana, one police officer was killed, while 10 people were injured in the suicide bombing at the police station at 8:20 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

National Police Chief, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, said the suicide bomber had been identified as Agus Sujarno or Agus Muslim, who was arrested for his involvement in the Cicendo bombing in 2017.

"The person concerned was arrested for the Cicendo bombing and was sentenced to four years in prison. He was released around September or October 2021. Of course, we have been following his activity (after his release)," Prabowo stated at a press conference.

Agus Muslim was said to be affiliated with the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group based in Bandung, West Java.

Agus Muslim had been detained at Nusakambangan prison in Central Java, but upon his release, he was still included in the red category, Prabowo noted.

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Translator: Melalusa Susthira K, Suharto
Editor: Sri Haryati
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