Indonesia Compensates the Victims of Terrorist Bomb Attacks

10/14/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Jakarta made the announcement that the Indonesian government will give compensation to more than 400 victims of terrorist bomb attacks committed across the country over the past two decades.

According to UCA News, this will be the third and last round of payouts to be given as part of a commitment made by the government in 2018 to give compensation to terror attack victims.

So far, the government has given compensation to 230 victims, but 413 will receive payouts this year.

Hasto Atmojo Suroyo, chairman of the Witness and Victims Protection Agency, said each family of those killed in bombings this year will receive US$17,857, while those seriously injured will get $15,000. Victims who suffered moderate wounds will receive $8,214 and those who suffered minor wounds will get $5,357.

His agency records at least 552 attacks purportedly committed by terrorists have taken place across Indonesia since 2000. The last bomb attack took place in a cathedral in Makassar, South Sulawesi province, on Palm Sunday this year. At the time, ICC stepped in to provide assistance to three of the victims whose parents or relatives live in other islands.

Radicalism has been on the rise in Indonesia, especially after the founding of ISIS. While ISIS has been largely defeated, IS-linked groups or sympathizers in Indonesia such as Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) continue to carry out attacks against the law enforcement and Christians.

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