Neighbors knew terrorist suspect as toy seller at schools

Neighbors knew terrorist suspect as toy seller at schools
Police personnel lay siege to the Arjuna subdistrict office building, in which a suspected terrorist, identified as Yayat Cahdiyat, was trying to escape arrest after a small improvised explosive device was set off in a public park in Bandung on Feb. 27.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post

The neighbours of a suspected terrorist, Yayat Cahdiyat, knew him as a nice person who hawked hair accessories and small toys at several schools in Cianjur, West Java.

Yayat allegedly set off an improvised explosive device hidden in a cooking pot in a public park in the West Java capital of Bandung on Monday before running into a subdistrict office building and attempting to burn it down. The police shot him and he died en route to the hospital.

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While renting a house in Cianjur, Yayat often chatted with his landowner, Didih, 58. He rented the house for Rp 200,000 (S$21) a month. He told Didih he was fired from a factory in Bandung and then he tried various enterprises, including washing motorcycles and selling chicken noodles.

"He said he moved to Cianjur to start a new page. We knew him as a hawker of hair accessories like hair pins, decorated pencils and toys. He sold his wares near schools in Cilaku district, but last week he moved to Karang Tengah district because he had slow business in Cilaku," Didih said as quoted by Antara news agency.

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Didih said Yayat had a wife and three children. He said he was surprised to learn that Yayat was a suspected terrorist because he did not notice any suspicious activities or behaviour. Didih said Yayat never received any guests.

On Monday, the police searched Yayat's rented house in Cilaku.

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