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ICC Note: The ISIS militant who goes by the name Juhanda received a life sentence for his involvement in a church attack in Samarinda, Borneo that killed a toddler and injured other three children. In November of 2016, Juhanda threw a Molotov cocktail at Oikumene church killing 2-year-old Ade Intan Marbun. She died from the burns sustained in the blast. Four of Juhanda’s co-conspirators received six to seven years of jail sentences in a separate trial.

09/30/2017 Indonesia (Christian Daily) – A court in Indonesia has handed a life sentence to an Islamic State sympathizer for his involvement in a church attack in Samarinda, Borneo, in November last year which killed a toddler and left three other children injured.

The ISIS militant, who only goes by the name Juhanda, was previously jailed in 2011 over terror charges but was freed in July 2014. This time, East Jakarta District Court presiding Judge Surung Simanjuntak said they would not tolerate the terrorist’s apparent lack of remorse over last year’s church attack, ABC reported.

“The defendant deliberately attacked the church, although he knew that there were many children in the churchyard,” Judge Simanjuntak said during Juhanda’s trial.

Juhanda reportedly threw a Molotov cocktail at the Oikumene Church in November 2016 and was later captured by a villager. Ade Intan Marbun, 2, died from the burns she sustained in the blast.

Juhanda’s co-conspirators – Supriyadi, Ahmad Dani, Rahmad, and Joko Sugito – were also sentenced in another trial and given jail sentences from six to seven years. Judge Simanjuntak said the five militants had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and had vowed to launch suicide bombings.

University of Indonesia terrorism expert Ridwan Habib said the Samarinda church attack failed to provoke sectarian tensions as people of faith gave authorities a hand in resolving the case. Both Christian and Muslim communities condemned the attack, The Jakarta Post reported last year.

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