18 May '18, 5am

Surabaya attack: Teen suicide bomber seen crying inconsolably before bombings, says witness

SURABAYA: It was still dark when 16-year-old Firman Halim performed his dawn prayers at a mosque near his home in the leafy, middle-class suburb of Rungkut, Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city. The bright, happy child was a favourite of the housing complex security guard, 46-year-old Hery, who regarded Firman as his “little brother.” Advertisement But last Sunday (May 13), something was amiss. The familiar smile was missing. Instead, the teenager was crying. His father, Dita Oepriarto, 46, stroked his head and patted his shoulders but he kept on crying. Hery had come to the mosque to pray before he started his morning shift and he sat close to them. In the stillness of dawn, Hery, overheard his father whispering “be patient, be sincere” but the teenager could not be consoled. He continued crying. Advertisement Advertisement Firman’s crying disturbed Hery. Housing com...

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