April 26, 2003: Attack at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Indonesia

On April 26, 2003 a bomb ripped through a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at Jakarta’s airport, injuring 11 people

SOEKARNO-HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, INDONESIA – Fast food may be bad for you but it should not lead to your death in a terrorist attack!

Remember Jared Fogle? He was the guy who claimed he lost 111 (!) kg eating Subway sandwiches. This, not surprisingly, was music to the fast food company’s ears, so much so that it made him a spokesperson for their products. Alas, their star patron was later sentenced to more than 15 years in prison after a child pornography conviction.

So, is fast food good for you? Probably not, or so we have all been told (it contains far too much sugar, salt, fat, etc.). Besides, didn’t Morgan Spurlock GAIN 11 kg after eating all three meals a day at McDonald’s, a run he immortalised in the documentary film ‘Super Size Me‘?

Even if this diet is not recommended it is still unlikely to harm you immediately if you visit an outlet with a midnight craving.

Unless you were in Jakarta on the day of today’s featured attack that is.

On this day in 2003

A bomb blast ripped through a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at Jakarta’s Sukarno-Hatta airport, injuring 11 people, one of them seriously. The explosion occurred four days after police had arrested 18 suspected members of the Islamist terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah network and seized guns and explosives.

There may be some correlation with the ongoing trial of a number of figures suspected of involvement in terrorism … We cannot afford to relax our alertness … do not only rely on the police — there should be a national movement to continue preventing these acts of terrorism,” 

Indonesian Security Minister

The choice of a KFC for the bomb is not hard to understand. A Western symbol – jihadis HATE anything remotely associated with the West – and a bunch of people milling about. I wonder what happened to the chicken company’s shares afterwards?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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