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Woman detonates explosives in stand-off with police in North Sumatra

A woman believed to be the wife of an Islamic militant detonated an explosive device during a raid on her house in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Wednesday, killing herself and her child, police said.

Police had surrounded the house in the town of Sibolga on Tuesday after they arrested a man believed to be the woman’s husband, identified as Husain alias Abu Hamzah, national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said.

An explosion believed to have been set off by the woman injured a policeman as officers tried to enter the house on Tuesday, he said. 

A second blast went off in the early hours of Wednesday, Prasetyo said.

“The information we received is that both the woman and the child died,” Prasetyo said. 

“We have not been able to enter the house because we suspect there are still explosives that could endanger our officers,” he added. 

National police chief Tito Karnavian told reporters that Husain was believed to be a member of a militant network affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group.  

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