IS-linked group behind Medan attack plans to form own country, Indonesian police say

The group of suspected terrorists allegedly behind the recent suicide bombing in Medan, North Sumatra, planned on establishing their own country, according to the police.

North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto said the group ─ part of the Islamic State (IS) group-linked homegrown terror network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) ─ comprised mostly young people who were unable to sing the national anthem or recite the five principles of state ideology Pancasila.

The suspected terrorists in the group remained silent upon being asked whether they loved Indonesia, Agus said, adding that they instead said they wanted to establish their own territory separate from Indonesia.

“This terrorist group wants to establish their own country,” Agus said on Monday, “They show their existence by committing terror attacks.”

Agus confirmed that the group had already pledged allegiance to the new IS leader ─ supposedly Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, who replaced IS’ first caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after the latter was killed in a raid by United States special forces in late October.

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