Members of a family bombed Indonesian churches

14 May, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Indonesian policemen patrol outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings through its propaganda agency, Amaq, describing them as a "martydom" operation against Christian "crusaders" and security personnel.

In the third bombing, the family's mother and two daughters, ages 9 and 12, detonated one or more suicide vests at the Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church.

According to Karnavian, the father of family was the bomber at the Surabaya Pentecostal Church, while two male teenage relatives blew themselves up at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church.

Futrianto then drove off, launching his own bomb-laden vehicle into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.

Three separate locations were hit by the bombings around 7:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Manila time) in what appeared to be coordinated attacks that included suicide and possibly vehicle bombings.

The radical group is also likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta involving Islamist militants last week.

The Islamic State (ISIS, according to its acronym in English) has claimed authorship of attack.

More recently, a gun and bomb attack in Jakarta in January 2016 killed four attackers and four civilians in the first assault on Indonesian soil claimed by IS.

Strongly criticizing Sunday's attacks, he said they can not be connected with any kind of religion.

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has called the attacks "barbaric" and vowed to find and punish anyone involved in the bombings.

"They have trained in order to attack police", Wasisto said, identifying the militants as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, or JAD.

The deadly blasts took place in Santa Maria church in Ngagel Madya area, Gereja Kristen Indonesia church on Diponegoro street and Pantekosta church on Arjuno street.

Minutes later, police believe the father detonated a bomb at the Pentecost Central Church.

"Three people have died, two are in the hospital and one is safe", he told AFP via Whatsapp.

Yono, tenant coordinator at the apartment block, said the family had lived there since 2015. Hence, hours before the barbaric attack against three Christian churches, it is known that counter-terrorists killed 4 terrorists belonging to JAD.

Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people.

Images from the scene showed a body lying outside the gate of Santa Maria church and members of Indonesia's bomb squad poring over the rubble. Four people were injured. In May 2005, a bombing killed 22 people on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The terror attacks by a family including young children sent shockwaves through Indonesia. Two people were killed, and 24 were wounded. The network of about two dozen extremist groups has been implicated in a number of attacks in Indonesia over the past year.

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