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Indonesian Group Added To Australian Terror List Following Recent Attacks

The group is believed to be responsible for recent deadly bombings on three Indonesian churches and a police station.

What you need to know
  • The Home Affairs Minister has listed two new groups as terrorist organisations under the Australian criminal code
  • JAD and JMB are both understood to have links to Islamic State
  • Affiliation with the groups can bring penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment

The group held responsible for last month's deadly attacks in Indonesia has been listed as a terrorist organisation in Australia, in what the government says highlights the "very real threat" from terrorism on Australia's doorstep.

The new listing comes in the wake of a number of coordinated attacks in Indonesia, which left at least 13 dead last month. 

Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD) as well as another group known as Jama’at Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) -- which are both believed to have links to Islamic State -- have met the legislative criteria to be listed as terror organisations, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced on Saturday.

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Authorities at the site of one of the churches targeted in the May 13 attacks. Source: Reuters

Dutton said he sought advice on JAD in the immediate aftermath of  the deadly suicide bombings on three churches and a police station in May. 

"The deadly terrorist attacks in May in Surabaya, Indonesia highlighted the very real threat on our doorstop from violent Islamists,” he said.

JMB, which the government says aims to use violence to establish an Islamic state in Bangladesh and the broader South Asia has also been listed as a terror organisation for the first time.

“JMB has links to Islamic State and is held responsible for a number of deadly terrorist attacks in Bangladesh and the region going back to 2003,” Dutton said.

“They share Islamic State’s anti-Western ideology and Australians would be considered legitimate targets.”

Dutton said the listings were part of the government's response to changes in the threat environment.

Under Australian law, terror-related offences including being affiliated, training with or supporting a listed terrorist organisation can bring penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment.