Editorial: Terrorism’s Specter Never Too Far Away
Coming soon after the deadly attack on a police post in Medan, Thursday’s botched attempt to kill two policemen in Bekasi should serve as a warning about the very real threat of terrorism facing the country.
Although police have classified the attack as “amateur” and “unprofessional,” the incident should not be treated lightly.
The would-be suicide bomber had serious and deadly intentions, and it is clear that the police themselves have now become a target for terrorists.
With this in mind, it is reassuring that National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan has said the police are taking the matter seriously.
He noted that despite the attacker’s uncertain background, he has classified the incident as a terrorist attack.
“We are still investigating his relationship with prominent terror networks, his motive and where he got the homemade bomb,” he said.
The attacker’s intention to cause grievous harm, however, is not in doubt.
It is also clear that police officers and security forces are now being targeted. His suicide note made that crystal clear.
Terrorist networks are still operating throughout the country and the threat is yet to diminish.
As such, the war against terrorism cannot and must not slow down or get sidetracked.
The country remains at risk of another major attack and all efforts must be made to eradicate this menace from our midst.
Despite the fact that terrorists are now targeting the police, our law enforcement officers must not be cowed.
The recent revenge attacks prove that the police are making real headway.
This is a good sign because it means the terrorists are feeling the heat and are trying to hit back.
The police deserve praise for their efforts in breaking up several terrorist cells and arresting key leaders.
Sidney Jones, a noted international security expert, herself said the police could not be accused of being lax because terrorist attacks are difficult to predict.
All the police can do is continue their good work and stay on guard.
It is critical to the health of the nation and the economy that we do not allow these terrorists to gain the upper hand.
Thursday’s attempted attack is made even more worrying by the fact that it took place in Bekasi, on Jakarta’s outskirts.
Security is critical for all Indonesians and foreign businesses operating here.
Nasir Abbas, a former Jemaah Islamiyah leader who was one of the most wanted terrorists in Southeast Asia but now assists police in tracking down and arresting his former cohorts, says he is sure Thursday’s failed terrorist attack in Bekasi was not an isolated incident.
He may be right, so we must make every possible effort to prevent the next terrorist attack on our soil.