Jakarta: A man already on Indonesia`s most
wanted list in connection with a suicide attack five months ago was the bomber who blew himself up in a packed church on Sunday, police said Tuesday.
Ahmad Yosepa Hayat, 31 was sitting among the Bethel Injil Church congregation in central Java`s Solo city during a service when he stood up and detonated a bomb strapped to his body, wounding 27 people.
"Fingerprint and DNA tests showed that the bomber is
Hayat," national police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam told a
press conference. "He is a member of Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid
(JAT) in Cirebon."
JAT was founded by militant spiritual leader Abu Bakar
Bashir, who was jailed in June for 15 years for funding a
terrorist group planning attacks against Westerners and
Hayat, born in Cirebon in western Java, accompanied a
suicide bomber to an attack on a police mosque in that city in
April which injured 30 people, Alam added.
"He wanted to die as a martyr," he said, adding that
Hayat, who had bomb-making expertise, joined the militant
group in 2010.
Police have so far questioned 17 witnesses in connection
with Sunday`s attack, Alam said, adding that four suspects linked to Hayat were still at large.
Solo, some 600 kilometres southeast of Jakarta, is
Bashir`s home town and his Islamic boarding school Ngruki is
about 10 kilometres from the bombed church.
The police announcement came after a bomb was thrown at a
church but failed to explode in the eastern Indonesian city of
Ambon yesterday night and a second device was found near
another Christian house of worship.