2004 Palopo cafe bombing

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2004 Palopo cafe bombing
Location Indonesia Palopo, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Date January 10, 2004
10:30 pm (UTC+8)
Target Sampoddo Indah Cafe
Attack type
Improvised explosive device
Deaths 4
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Local Islamic militants
Assailants Jasmin bin Kasau
and three others.

The 2004 Palopo cafe bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred on 10 January 2004 in Palopo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Occurring at 10:30 p.m. local time (UTC+8), an improvised explosive device beneath table number 11[1][2] in the Sampoddo Indah karaoke cafe. The blast killed four people and injured three others.[3] Four men, including Jasmin bin Kasau, were arrested for the bombings. Bin Kasau was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment[4] but later escaped.

The attack[edit]

Witnesses reported that two men spent two weekends scouting the Sampoddo Indah Cafe located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from downtown Palopo on the road to Makassar, staying for a short period of time then leaving. On 10 January 2004, they returned and sat at table No. 11, located near the entrance, and ordered drinks, which they left unfinished.[5] A device, thought to have been remotely detonated,[6] exploded at 10:30 p.m. local time (UTC+8), from underneath that table.[7]

The blast killed four people were killed and injured three others. Three of the deceased, later identified as Abdul Rahman, Ambo, and Sumarni, 39, were residents of Palopo, while another, Suratman, was from another city. The explosion was heard up to 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away. Most of the cafe's clients escaped through the back door prior to the arrival of the police.[5]


Two men were identified by the police after questioning 17 witnesses on the next day, with preliminary sketches.[5] Eighteen days later, police arrested four suspects and charged them with the bombing.[6] Another 10 suspects were sought, and police expressed that the suspects had participated in a Laskar Jihad-run training camp in Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, together.[2]

On 1 February, Jasmin bin Kasau was arrested in Noling village, Luwu regency. He later confessed to the bombing, calling it "part of a jihad against vice in nightclubs and bars."[2] Several pieces of evidence were seized from bin Kasau, including an FN MAG gun, some ammonium nitrate and several pipes.[2] Bin Kasau, along with three accomplices, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. However, bin Kasau later escaped from Gunungsari Penitentiary, Makassar, in 2007.[8]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Palopo blast aimed for 'jihad'". The Jakarta Post. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Four die in Indonesia cafe blast". BBC. 10 January 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Terrorist Bomber Breaks Out Of Jail". Sky News. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Hajramuni, Andi (12 January 2004). "Two men identified as Palopo bombers". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Darmosumarto, Sandy (30 January 2004). "Four Palopo bombing suspects arrested". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bomb hits a cafe, 2 killed". The Jakarta Post. 11 January 2004. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Hajramurni, Andi (24 September 2007). "Convicted terrorist escapes from Makassar penitentiary". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 24 July 2011.