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Available Expert - Families, including children, detonate suicide bombs in Indonesia

Monday, May 14, 2018

Queen’s University terrorism expert Wagdy Loza is available to comment on a series of bomb attacks in Indonesia this weekend perpetrated by families, including their young children.

“The deadly wave of bombings that occurred yesterday in Indonesia, that involved children in carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshipers and the police, is not a new phenomenon,” says Dr. Loza. “A couple of years ago, Muslim extremists attacked and burned more than 60 churches and killed and injured many police officers of different ranks and hundreds of innocent Christian worshipers and other innocent Muslims. Many other countries around the world have suffered from Muslim extremists’ terrorism since the 1970s when the Muslim Brotherhood grew stronger in Egypt.”

“Unless we deal with the ideologies driving these attacks and thoroughly understand them, terrorism will continue,” he says. “Unfortunately, youth and children are being recruited and sacrificed to implement these ideologies of hate. Terrorism cannot be defeated either by military or by law alone.”

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