Islamist militants to apologise to victims of Indonesia attacks in bid to combat radicalism, foster reconciliation

Jakarta: The Indonesian government is bringing together dozens of convicted Islamist militants and survivors of attacks in what it hopes will be an important step in combating radicalism and fostering reconciliation.

File image of 1993 explosion inside World Trade Center building in New York. AP

File image of 1993 explosion inside World Trade Center building in New York. AP

The director of de-radicalization at Indonesia's counter-terrorism agency says about 120 reformed militants will apologise to dozens of victims including survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

The three days of meetings at a Jakarta hotel that began Monday aren't open to the media except for an event on the final day.

Febby Firmansyah Isran, who suffered burns to 45 percent of his body from the 2003 bombing of the JW Marriot hotel in Jakarta, said he'd forgiven the perpetrators and now runs a support group for bombing victims.


Updated Date: Feb 26, 2018 10:24 AM

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