On a Sunday morning in Surabaya, East Java, last year, two churches were shaken by a string of suicide bombings that led to dozens of deaths. The public was further shocked upon learning that the suicide bombers were a family of six, including two teenage boys, two young girls, and the mother, Puji Kuswati.
Several months later, Solimah, the wife of suspected terrorist Abu Hamzah, detonated herself while the police tried to persuade her to surrender, following her husband’s arrest. The woman and her 2-year-old died in the explosion, which also damaged 155 houses in her neighborhood in Sibolga, North Sumatra.
Experts noted that women in terror networks had been increasingly taking on more active roles in terror activities, as radical groups began to regard them as potential combatants in manifesting the jihadist ideology.
Women, who had played relatively passive roles…