List of terrorist incidents in Indonesia

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This is a list of terrorist incidents in Indonesia:


  • 14 May 1962 — assassination attempt on President Sukarno, a bomb attack in Perguruan Cikini, Central Jakarta.[3]


  • 11 November 1976 — bomb attack in Nurul Iman Mosque, Padang. The suspect was Timzar Zubil the leader of Komando Jihad according to government. However Timzar remains missing.[3]
  • 20 March 1978 — A group of men launched attacks on several places in Jakarta using molotov bombs, and burning a taxi. The attack was suspected to disturb the MPR General Session.[3]
  • 14 April 1978TNT attack in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Jakarta. The case remains unsolved.[3]


  • 28 March 1981Garuda Indonesia Flight 206 a DC-9 aircraft on a domestic flight was hijacked. The hijackers, a group called Commando Jihad, hijacked the DC-9 "Woyla", en route from Palembang to Medan, and ordered the crew to fly the aircraft to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Since the aircraft did not have enough fuel, it refueled in Penang, Malaysia and then at Don Muang, Thailand. The hijackers demanded the release of Commando Jihad members imprisoned in Indonesia, and US$1.5 million, as well as an aircraft to take those prisoners to an unspecified destination. One of the Kopassus commandos was shot, probably by his comrades, as was the pilot, also probably by Kopassus commandos. The rest of the hostages were released unharmed. Two of the hijackers surrendered, but they were killed by the Kopassus commandos on the plane taking them back to Jakarta.[4]
  • 4 October 1984 — bomb attack in Bank Central Asia, Jalan Pecenongan, West Jakarta. The suspect was Muhammad Jayadi, member of Gerakan Pemuda Ka'bah (youth organization wing of Partai Persatuan Pembangunan) motivated as the retaliation on Tanjung Priok Massacre in 1984. Jayadi was sentenced 15 years in prison.[3]
  • 24 December 1984 — bomb attack on Seminari Alkitab Asia Tenggara building, Jalan Margono, Malang, East Java. The case remain unsolved.[3]
  • 21 January 1985bomb attack on Borobudur Buddhist temple, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. There were no casualties in this attack, however nine stupas on upper rounded terraces of Arupadhatu were badly damaged by nine bombs. Husein Ali Al Habsyie, a blind Muslim preacher, was sentenced to life imprisonment for masterminding the temple attack.[3]
  • 16 March 1985 — TNT PE 808/Dahana type exploded in Pemudi Ekspress Bus in Banyuwangi, East Java. Abdulkadir Al Hasby was arrested for this attack, connected with Borobudur bombing and also motivated as the retaliation on Tanjung Priok massacre. It was suggested that the TNT was accidentally exploded on transportation to its intended target, Kuta beach in Bali.[3]


  • 13 September 1997 — a bomb exploded in Mranggen, Demak, Central Java. The bomb attack was planned by three pro-independence East Timorese youth, but exploded accidentally. Xanana Gusmao claim responsibility for the attack but the suspects escaped.[3]
  • 18 January 1998 — a bomb accidentally exploded in Tanah Tinggi flat, Central Jakarta. Agus Priyono the member of Solidaritas Mahasiswa Indonesia untuk Demokrasi (SMID) -–one of Partai Rakyat Demokrat organization-, was jailed for seven months for failing to report to authority about the knowledge of the planned attack.[3]
  • 11 December 1998 — a bomb exploded in Atrium Plaza Senen shopping center, Central Jakarta.[3]
  • 19 April 1999 — a bomb exploded in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta. Eddy Ranto alias Umar was accused as the suspect along with robbery in Bank BCA Taman Sari, Jakarta and a bombing in Hayam Wuruk, Jakarta, weeks earlier.[3]



  • 15 March 2011 — a package of explosive devices hidden in a book was delivered to Ulil Abhsar Abdalla, an activist of Jaringan Islam Liberal (Islamic Liberal Network) in Komunitas Utan Kayu complex near 68h Radio station, Utan Kayu, East Jakarta. The note enclosed with the book requested Abdalla to write a foreword for the upcoming book to be published. The Institut Studi Arus Informasi (ISAI) receptionist suspected the package and call for Gegana (anti-bomb squad) help. There was no casualties in this attack, however before the Gegana squad arrived, the bomb exploded severing one of the police's arm trying to defuse the device.[21]
  • 15 April 2011 — a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a mosque in a police compound in the city of Cirebon, in West Java, during Friday prayer. The bomber was killed and at least 28 people were injured.[22][23]
  • 25 September 2011 — a suicide bomb exploded in Full Gospel Bethel Church in Kepunton, Solo, Central Java. The blast killed the bomber and injured 14 people.[24]
  • 8 April 2012 — A Trigana Air PK-YRF airplane was shot by unidentified gunmen during landing approach on Mulia airstrip, Puncak Jaya, Papua at 8:21 AM. A Papua Pos journalist, Kogoya, 35, was killed in this shooting.[25]
  • 17 August 2012 — two policemen guarding a Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr) traffic post in Solo, Central Java, were shot by gunmen on motorcycles. The shooting happened at 1:10 AM Friday, 17 August 2012, and the two policemen were injured.[26]
  • 16 October 2012 — Police discovered the corpses of two murdered policemen that had gone missing three days earlier in Tamanjeka village, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi. The victims were the head of Police Unit Intelligence of Poso Pesisir sector, Brigadir Sudirman, and Poso Police Resort Assault Unit, Brigadir Satu Andi Sapa. They went missing while investigating suspected terrorist training grounds in a forest at Poso Regency.[27]
  • 27 November 2012 — Three policemen stationed in remote Pirime police post, Jayawijaya, Papua, were killed in an attack by a group of unidentified men. Police suspected the Papua separatist movement were behind the attack.[28]
  • 14 January 2016 — At least four militants reportedly detonated explosives in or near a Starbucks cafe in central Jakarta. Militants destroyed a nearby police post with grenades, killing at least 3 men. Gunfire ensued when police arrived shortly afterwards.[29]
  • 13 November 2016a terrorist detonated a Molotov bomb in front of Oikumene Church in Samarinda Seberang, Samarinda, East Kalimantan, where children were playing. At least 1 toddler was killed in the incident and 3 other toddlers were injured.[30]
  • 24 May 2017Two suicide bombings near Kampung Melayu Terminal. At least 5 peoples were killed including 3 policemen and 2 militants. 10 peoples were injured and some were seriously injured.
  • 25 June 2017 - Two perpetrators stabbed a police officer to death at his post in Medan, North Sumatra.[31] Other officers soon responded and killed one assailant while arresting another.[32]
  • 30 June 2017 - An assailant reportedly attacked two police officers at a mosque near the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta.[33]
  • 9 May 2018 - Terrorism inmates in a detention center staged an riot resulting in the death of 5 police officers and one inmate. The detention center is heavily guarded compound of the local headquarters of the Mobile Brigade Corps, a paramilitary unit of the National Police, and it was guarded by elite counter-terrorism officers.[34]
  • 13 May 2018 - Suicide bombers, among them were a mother and her 2 kids, bombed 3 churches in Surabaya, killing and injuring dozens of people.[35] at night the bomb also shook of a apartment complex in Sidoarjo, at least 3 adults in a single apartment room were killed, while 3 children occupying the same room survived. All of them were from the same family.[36]
  • 14 May 2018 - Suicide bomb in police gate of City of Surabaya, At least 10 people, 4 policemen and 6 civilians, were wounded in the attack. 4 suicide bombers were killed.[37]
  • 16 May 2018 - A police station in Pekanbaru, Riau was attacked by 5 attackers with swords. They arrived at the police station using a car. One of the attackers drove off after hitting and killing a police officer with the car, while 4 others attacked using swords which then injured 2 police officers. Four of the attackers were later killed while the driver was captured by the police.[38][39]

Incidents outside Indonesia[edit]

  • 21 March 2014 — A bomb exploded outside the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, France. The explosion caused broken windows but caused no casualties.[40]


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