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ICC Note: Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the IS-linked group responsible for multiple attacks and suicide bombings in Indonesia, including the Surabaya church attacks last May, has been disbanded by an Indonesian court on Tuesday. With the ban and recent changes to anti-terrorism laws, Indonesia seeks to eradicate growing extremism creeping into the country.

07/31/2018 Indonesia (Channel News Asia) – An Indonesian court disbanded the country’s largest Islamic State-linked group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), on Tuesday for “conducting terrorism” and affiliating itself with the foreign militant organisation.

Senior JAD figure Zainal Anshori stood up and shouted “Allahu akbar” when the judge delivered the ruling in the heavily guarded courtroom in Jakarta, capital of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

JAD is a U.S.-listed terror organisation with thousands of followers in Indonesia.

Its leader, Aman Abdurrahman, was sentenced to death last month for masterminding from his jail cell a string of deadly attacks.

The ban and recent changes to anti-terrorism laws will empower police to detain JAD sympathisers, experts say. Police have long complained of not being able to act against the group.

JAD has been linked to attacks across the country in recent years, including suicide bombings in the city of Surabaya in May that killed more than 30 people.

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