Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

CALLS FOR KNIFE ATTACKS PRECEDED SWORD RAMPAGE IN YOGYAKARTA CHURCH

Radical groups were calling for knife attacks in Indonesia just a week before a sword-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and three others during mass in a church in Yogyakarta on Sunday, a counter-terrorism source told Channel NewsAsia. Violent extremist groups in Indonesia influenced by the Islamic State ideology may be rehabilitated if the government can provide them with social services, the Institute for

Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) based in Jakarta said in a report released on Monday.  Meanwhile, an Indonesian court sentenced the leader of an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network in Indonesia to seven years in prison on Monday for involvement in smuggling guns from the southern Philippines.

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