Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings

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Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings
Location Medan, Bandung, Batam, Ciamis, Mataram, and Pekanbaru[citation needed]
Date 24 December 2000
Target Churches
Deaths 18
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Al Qaeda
Jemaah Islamiyah
Motive Islamic extremism, Anti-Christianity

On Christmas Eve, 2000, a series of explosions took place in Indonesia, which were part of a high-scale terrorist attack by Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah.[1] The attack involved a series of coordinated bombings of churches in Jakarta and eight other cities which killed 18 people and injured many others.

Bombing locations[edit]

A breakdown of the bombings is as follows:[2]

  • Jakarta: Five Catholic and Protestant churches, including the Roman Catholic Cathedral, were targeted, killing at least three people.
  • Pekanbaru: Four police officers killed trying to disarm a bomb; a civilian also died
  • Medan: Explosions hit churches
  • Bandung: Explode at production, bomb maker died
  • Batam Island: Three bombs injure 22
  • Mojokerto: Three churches bombed; one dead. One of them is the Eben Haezer church in Jalan Raden Ajeng Kartini. At around 8:30pm[3] on December 24, 2000, while trying to throw the bomb away, a Muslim security volunteer, Riyanto, was killed;[4]
  • Mataram: Three churches bombed
  • Sukabumi: Bombings kill three


Two suspects were arrested following the bombings. Indonesian police say they found documents implicating Hambali in the bombings.[5] Abu Bakar Bashir was tried for involvement in the bombings in 2003 but was found not guilty; he was subsequently convicted of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing.

In popular culture[edit]

The Indonesian progressive metal band Kekal has cited the bombings as an inspiration for its anti-terrorism song "Mean Attraction," which appeared on its third full-length album, The Painful Experience.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turnbull, Wayne (3 July 2003). "A Tangled Web of Southeast Asian Islamic Terrorism: Jemaah Islamiyah Terrorist Network". Retrieved 5 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Arrests follow church bombings". BBC News. 26 December 2000. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Statement by the Treasury Department Regarding Today's Designation of Two Leaders of Jemaah Islamiyah". United States Department of the Treasury. 24 January 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2006. 
  6. ^ mpomusic; Lord Rogoth, Negatyfus, Shamgar, Stefan, Natan, Daffie K. (25–30 January 2002). "An interview with... Kekal". Art for the Ears. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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