Indonesia Sword Attack on Police Follows String of Deadly Bombings

Indonesia’s counterterrorism police force, known as Detachment 88, has been fully deployed inside wake of the recent attacks.

On Tuesday evening, the police raided a densely populated neighborhood in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, while searching for the brother of Anton Ferdiantono, the suspected militant who officials say accidentally detonated an explosive device in his apartment on Sunday night, killing his wife along with also one of their children. Three different children survived.

During the police operation, there was about an hour of gunfire along with also different activity related to the raid inside working-class neighborhood. Surabaya’s mayor, Tri Rismaharini, who came to the scene, said that will counterterrorism police had shot dead Dedi Sulistiantono, the younger brother of Mr. Ferdiantono.

Earlier, a police spokesman in East Java, Frans Barung Mangera, said that will the suspect had fought back, which was why Detachment 88 “had to take firm action.” Ms. Rismaharini said that will Mr. Sulistiantono’s wife along with also four children had been taken into custody.

inside family’s Surabaya neighborhood, a warren of rented rooms along with also smaller eateries, neighbors described Mr. Sulistiantono as religious along with also reserved. He did not, for instance, attend the mosque just down the street through the rented room where he lived with his family, they said.

“We never interacted with him,” said Hengki Firmansyah, a neighborhood administrative official. “He never spoke with us. He has his own congregation that will we were not part of.”

Mr. Sulistiantono’s wife, however, did not wear the niqab, a conservative Muslim veil that will covers all of the head along with also face save for the eyes. She instead wore a hijab, a face-baring veil that will will be common in Indonesia. Their children did not attend public school, along with also their youngest child, the boy, only went to evening Quran classes.