Incident Summary:

11/13/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest in the yard of a police station in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The assailant was killed while six people were injured, including four police officers, one police employee and one civilian. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Sumatra


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indonesian National Police (INP)
Specific Description Medan Police Headquarters
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden jacket containing a 9-volt battery, cables, a switch, metal sheets, and nails was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaah Ansharut Daulah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UPDATE1: Suicide bombing hits police HQ on Indonesia's Sumatra," Japan Economic Newswire, November 13, 2019.
"Indonesia Arrests Dozens After IS-linked Suicide Bombing," International Business Times, November 18, 2019.
"Indonesia police link suicide bombing to Islamic State-inspired group," Reuters Africa, November 18, 2019.