Indonesia: Husband, wife jihad suicide bombers underwent government-sponsored deradicalization program

An Indonesian husband and wife who had taken part in a government-sponsored deradicalization program are believed to be the masterminds of a suicide bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines earlier this year that killed more than 20 people.” 102 others were injured.

This is striking, since Indonesia’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights admittedas long as nine years ago that his country’s deradicalization program was a failure.

By now, officials should know that deradicalization programs do not work, because there is no desire on the part of jihadists themselves to make them work. To jihadists, the House of War is the problem; they are working under orders sanctioned in Islamic texts to achieve martyrdom, and there is no state program that can reverse that. Some past Jihad Watch stories about deradicalization programs.

  1. 11 ex-Gitmo prisoners flee the Saudi “rehabilitation program” and join up with terrorist groups
  2. Jaw-dropper: 25 former Gitmo detainees “return to militancy” despite Saudi rehab program!
  3. Graduate from Saudi jihadi rehab program killed in Syrian jihad: “killed a large number of Christians before his acceptance by God”
  4. Flight 253 jihadist wasn’t cured by Saudi anti-jihad art therapy
  5. Former Guantanamo detainee  was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project but became “a top ideologue for al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula.”
  6. Australia: Multi-million-dollar taxpayer-funded “deradicalization” helpline “failing to gain traction”
  7. France’s de-radicalization program was deemed to be an utter failure. French officials found that “the program actually increased the threat of radicalizing inmates into terrorists rather than diminishing it.”
  8. Last but not least,  In Australia, a Muslim who plotted jihad massacres at Sydney landmarks was part of deradicalization program

So that is the state of affairs with deradicalization programs: they don’t work.

Prasetyo said Zeke and Saleh had previously failed in an attempt to reach Syria with their children, and after returning to Indonesia underwent a government deradicalization program before being released.

The pair clearly cooperated with authorities to save their own skin and obtain early release, and they succeeded. Yet social justice warriors will continue to advocate for them, while the 20 murder victims and the 102 injured will be forgotten.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinks that Islamic State jihadists can be a “powerful voice” for deradicalization, and so he has rolled out the welcome mat to them.

“Husband, wife who underwent deradicalization program behind bombing of Philippines cathedral: police,” by Suarez Sang, Fox News, July 24, 2019:

An Indonesian husband and wife who had taken part in a government-sponsored deradicalization program are believed to be the masterminds of a suicide bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines earlier this year that killed more than 20 people.

Police said Tuesday they believe Rullie Rian Zeke and his wife, Ulfah Handayani Saleh, detonated two bombs minutes inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolu, Suly province, during Sunday service on January 27.

Twenty people were killed and 102 others injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Indonesia’s National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Tuesday they identified Zeke and Saleh as the perpetrators of the attack after they arrested an Islamic militant in East Kalimantan last month. He said the militant, identified only as Yoga, confessed that he’d recruited the couple for the Philippine bombing.

Yoga reportedly told police that he and the couple he recruited for the bombing were part of the Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a banned Islamic extremist organization in Indonesia that allies itself with ISIS.

The couple’s alleged role in the bombing highlights links between militants across Southeast Asia. Authorities in the region are concerned of Indonesian, Malaysian and Philippine citizens who joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq returning home and carrying out attacks.

Prasetyo said Zeke and Saleh had previously failed in an attempt to reach Syria with their children, and after returning to Indonesia underwent a government deradicalization program before being released.

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