Right after the world learned of the Jakarta terrorist attack, social media exploded with pictures and videos of the event. Inevitably, some of them were fakes, and some were misappropriated from other similar events. People just wanted to be part of this tragedy, one way or another. Here is one example – a purported suicide video of one of the Jakarta terrorists.
This video was posted right after the attack, before even a single terrorist was identified by the Indonesian authorities. So I suppose you won’t be surprised to learn that this isn’t the suicide video of one of the Jakarta terrorists.
He Is A Terrorist, Just Not One Of The Jakarta Terrorists
First, let’s be clear – this is a genuine video, and he is an ISIS terrorist. In the video, he issued a direct challenge to the TNI (Indonesian National Armed Forces) and POLRI (Indonesian National Police). Take a look :
This is addressed to Moeldoko, the chief commander of the TNI, and POLRI and Banser (the paramilitary arm of the Nahdlatul Ulama). We await your attack. We have heard that you have decided to help the unbelievers destroy our caliphate. We are so happy to hear this because, if Allah wills it, He brought forward our confrontation.
If you do not come for us, we will come to you. We will return to Indonesia to enact Allah’s sharia laws. You should know that the enaction of Allah’s sharia laws must start with a war against all of you, to defeat you one by one – the army, TNI, POLRI, Densus (Densus 88 – Detachment 88, the Indonesian anti-terrorist team) and Banser – who have decided today to oppose Islam and sharia law.
For us, the sharia law is worth dying for. (He then quotes the Quran)
Know that the armies of Allah await you. The armies of Allah in Iraq and the Levant are delighted to hear that you want to join forces with the unbelievers. Know that the unbelievers are afraid of Islamic sovereignty and need the help of stupid pigs like you. We await your attack.
For Allah, if we die defending this caliphate, that death is what we desire. There is nothing we desire in helping Islam except to watch Islam succeed and to uphold sharia laws, or die as martyrs. This is the perfect opportunity and time to test your magical abilities. We await your attack.
To us, nothing is magical except Allah. He is our Protector. (He quotes from the Quran again) We only ask Allah for assistance and he is omnipotent. You are very proud that America is on your side. We will prove who Allah supports – your Satanic army or our holy army of Allah.
There is no doubt that he is an ISIS terrorist or fighter of Indonesian origin. There is also no doubt that he threatened the Indonesian armed forces and police, and indirectly, the Indonesian people. However, he is not one of the Jakarta terrorists.
How Do You Know He’s Not One Of The Jakarta Terrorists?
It is POSSIBLE that he might be one of the Jakarta terrorists. But this is NOT his suicide video – what suicide bombers and terrorists record before they launch an attack. How do we know this?
- This video was posted on the 23rd of December 2014 by someone named Abu Muhammad. That may, or may not be, the name of the man in the video.
- The man referred to Moeldoko in the beginning of the video. General Dr. Moeldoko was the chief commander of the TNI from the 30th of August 2013 until the 8th of July 2015. The current chief commander of the TNI is General Gatot Nurmantyo.
- The Indonesian government has not revealed the identities of the Jakarta terrorists. No one, especially any random person on the Internet, has any idea who they are. Therefore, it is impossible for them to say that the man above is one of them.
- ISIS (Daesh) has claimed responsibility for the Jakarta attack, but they have not posted any suicide videos of any of the Jakarta terrorists.
In the days that come, we will learn more about the tragedy. In the meantime, please STOP believing everything you read on the Internet, especially on social media!