Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

At least two dead, 13 injured in Indonesia church attacks

At least two dead, 13 injured in Indonesia church attacks

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a message carried on its Amaq news agency. The woman and two daughters, aged nine and twelve, were involved in bombing of a second church, and " or two children [aged 16 and 18] drove a motorcycle and carried bomb on ir lap", added Mangera.

Active bombs were also defused at these two churches.

According to the newspaper, the explosion occurred in Surabaya at around 7 a.m. local time during Sunday worship.

"All were suicide attacks but the types of bombs are different", he told reporters.

"We still continue interrogating them to verify if they are members of a terrorist network", National Police Spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said.

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Authorities are also investigating whether there was another explosion at a fourth church.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the attacks during his weekly Sunday audience in St Peter's Square.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Jakarta issued a statement condemning the attacks, took place in Surabaya.

Sunday's bombings, that your Islamic State band has promised, are the deadliest in Indonesia as 2005.

The President visited the treated victims accompanied by several officials including National Police Chief Tito Karnavian, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Head of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan, and Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto.

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Indonesia, world's largest Muslim-majority country, has experienced a recent resurgence of local insurgent groups. More than 82% of its roughly 261 million people follow Islam. Around 10% of the population is Christian.

The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst-ever terror attack. JAD is an Islamist extremist organisation operating within Indonesia that has been responsible for terrorist attacks in the past as well. He said 41 people were wounded at that location, including two police officers, while one or more of the bombers were killed. Authorities suspect ISIS involvement. The daddy of the household accused of finishing up the suicide bombing had detonated a automotive bomb throughout his assault. Two law enforcement officials had been amongst greater than 40 wounded, they stated.

The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured.

Journalist Masrur Jamaluddin reported from Jakarta, Eliott C. McLaughlin wrote from Atlanta and Susannah Cullinane wrote from Auckland, New Zealand.

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