The Mayor of Bandung Strongly Condemns the Suicide Bombing at the Astanaanyar Police Station
The suicide bombing that occurred at the Astanaanyar Police Station on Wednesday, December 7 2022 at 08.20 WIB shocked the city of Bandung.
As a result of the explosion, 11 people became victims, namely 10 members of the Police and a resident who was passing in front of the Police. In fact, a member of the National Police died, namely Aiptu Sofyan. The perpetrator was immediately killed on the spot when the bomb exploded.
The Mayor of Bandung, Yana Mulyana, who also visited the detonation site, deeply regretted this incident.
"I strongly condemn this incident. This incident is certainly not justified by law or religion for whatever reason," said Yana.
He appealed to the public to remain calm and not spread hoax images and news that are circulating.
"People don't need to be anxious and afraid because that's what the perpetrators hope for. We're taking care of the city of Bandung together to keep it conducive," he added.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Bandung City MUI, Miftah Faridl was also concerned about this incident. For him, there is no single teaching in religion that justifies suicide, let alone to the detriment of others.
"We are sorry for the affected communities. There is no one order or example that we may kill ourselves or kill someone whose guilt is uncertain," said Miftah.
Moreover, in Islam, killing can only be done during war, and even then it can only be done against those who are fighting Islam.
"Or a death penalty court decision. However, Islam always emphasizes that decisions are not immediately killed. We give priority to giving people the opportunity to repent," he said.
The main way of dealing with challenges in Islam is through preaching.
"Dakwah teaches people to be good. There is no coercion. Because what makes a person change is only guidance from Allah," he said.
He hopes that incidents like this will not be repeated and can be a lesson for all parties.
"Hopefully this will be a lesson for all parties so that painful things like this don't happen again. Moreover, religion is involved," he added. (din)**
Head of the Bandung City Communication and Informatics Agency
Yayan A. Brilyana