Websites with instructions on how to make bombs will be blocked in Indonesia, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Tifatul Sembiring said on Tuesday.
“Lessons on how to make bombs are also available in foreign books,” Tifatul said. “I searched on the Internet and found many child toys such as smoke bombs and others [that won’t be blocked]. But [websites teaching] how to make bomb will be blocked by us.”
The minister added that not every site related to explosives would be blocked.
“Some of them have been blocked. But the scientific [websites], such as how to create nuclear bombs, nuclear reactors and weapons could not be banned. The ones that are banned are provocative websites, and many have [already] been banned,” he said.
Tifatul cited cases of terrorists who learned how to make bombs from the Internet, such as Pepi Farnando, who built explosives in books, cans and rockets. Police arrested him in April 2011 in Aceh after he planted a bomb near a church in Serpong, Tangerang.
Tifatul’s statements came after a recent request from National Police to block bomb-making websites.
“The perpetrators no longer join classes on how to make bombs,” said Insp. Gen. Suhardi Alius, spokesman of the National Police, as quoted by Kompas.com. “The Ministry of Communication and Information should verify, check and select the websites about bomb-making. Such websites with that content should not be accessed by people as they can learn from it.”
Suhardi said that explosive materials, such as fertilizers, can be bought from many markets, making it even easier for potential terrorists to make bombs.