(Terrorist) groups have begun to shift their approach from hard to soft approach, and from bullet strategy to ballot strategy
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The number of terror attacks carried out in Indonesia is showing a declining trend, according to Head of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Rycko Amelza Dahniel.

"Violence-based terrorism prevention and countermeasures have shown a positive trend (as seen) by the decline in terror attacks in Indonesia from year to year," Dahniel said here on Wednesday.

According to the I-KHub BNPT Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism Outlook platform, Indonesia recorded 49 terror attacks in the period from 2018 to 2022.

Nineteen terror attacks were recorded in 2018. Their number declined to eleven for two consecutive years 2019 and 2020, and then fell further to six in 2021 and two in 2022.

However, the BNPT head said that the declining trend is merely the tip of the iceberg.

He asked all parties not to be complacent and remain vigilant, particularly against terrorist movements that have begun to infiltrate people's lives.

"(Terrorist) groups have begun to shift their approach from hard to soft approach, and from bullet strategy to ballot strategy," Dahniel said.

Public awareness and synergy among parties would be essential in efforts against violence-based extremism and terrorism as BNPT cannot manage the threats alone, he added.

The agency, earlier on Wednesday, launched four knowledge products in the form of results of analyses and studies related to countering violent extremism that leads to terrorism in Indonesia.

The knowledge products were I-KHubBNPT Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism Outlook, K-Hub PCVE Outlook, Mid-Term Evaluation of the National Action Plan on Prevention of Extremism (RAN PE), and Analysis of Local Government Readiness to Implement RAN PE.

Dahniel expressed the hope that the knowledge products would become the basis for follow-up discussions on the prevention of violent extremism in Indonesia.

"We surely expect those analyses and studies to be discussed and given feedback from various parties," he said.

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