December 5, 2002: Bombing at McDonald’s in Indonesia

On December 5, 2002 the Islamist terrorist group Laskar Jundallah exploded a bomb at a McDonalds in Indonesia, killing two and wounding 15

MAKASSAR, INDONESIA – Can’t a person have a Big Mac – or a Filet-O-Fish – without worrying about a bombing?

Well it was a good run, wasn’t it? McDonalds, I mean. The fast food company founded by Ray Kroc way back in 1955 turned into an international super brand. I have lost track of how many hamburgers they claim to have served: it’s gotta be in the gazillions by now, no?

Of course, it has not all been a bed of roses (a box of fries?). There have been critics, whether it is over salt and fat content or the land used to raise the beef that goes into those Quarter Pounders. Remember ‘Super Size me‘? I’m pretty sure Mickey D’s was not too happy with THAT advertising! There are a lot who see the company as part of any number of problems (global warming, obesity, poor wages…).

Still, it is not illegal to eat at McDonalds and you should be able to scarf down your Chicken McNuggets without getting blown up, right? You might want to avoid franchises in Indonesia then.

On this day in 2002

The Islamist terrorist group Laskar Jundallah, believed linked in some way to the much better known Jemaah Islamiyah, exploded a bomb at a restaurant in Makassar, Indonesia, killing two and wounding 15. As the attacker was in fact a suicide bomber, make that three deaths.

There are still people and perhaps groups who are trying to cause disturbances and perhaps create fear among the public with bombs.

National police chief Da’i Bachtiar

Local police believed there was a strong link between the Makassar and Bali bombings, as the main targets in both were American and Australian symbols. Probably. It would hard to top McDonalds as a US brand. Even if the food is so-so.

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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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