President Jokowi: Indonesia Will Not Allow This Cowardly Action
Date 13 Mei 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo strongly condemned acts of terrorism in 3 (three) churches in Surabaya that were extremely barbaric and beyond the limits of humanity for causing casualties from community members, police officers, and innocent children.
Including the bombers who used 2 children (aged around 10 years) to commit suicide, said President Jokowi in a press statement at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya, Sunday (13/5).
The President emphasized that terrorism is a crime against humanity and has nothing to do with religion because all religious teachings reject any terrorism act.
There is no word that can describe how deep our condolences to the victims of the suicide bomb attacks in Surabaya, said the President.
Therefore, continued the President, he has ordered the Indonesian National Police Chief to investigate the network of perpetrators thoroughly. And I command to destroy the network to its roots, he continued.
President Jokowi also stressed that the entire security forces will not allow such cowardly actions.
The President then invited all members of society to together fight against terrorism and radicalism that are contrary to religious as well as national values of Indonesia as a country which uphold the values of divinity and diversity.
Moreover, the President also called on all people in the country to keep calm, to maintain unity, and to keep alert (to surrounding environment).
Only by joint efforts from the entire nation, we can eradicate terrorism. We must unite to fight against terrorism, President Jokowi emphasized.
During the press statement, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Indonesian National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian, Commander of Indonesian National Defense Force (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Head of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan, and Presidential Special Envoy for Interfaith Dialogue and Civilization Affairs Din Syamsudin. (UN / ES) (STU/MMB/Naster)