At least nine dead in Indonesia attacks

Erika Holt
May 13, 2018

(G.N.S) DT.13 Terrorists attacked three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya on Sunday, killing at least 6 and injuring over 35.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 11 people with 41 injured after three churches were hit by apparently coordinated attacks around 7:30 am (0030 GMT).

Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority nation, has witnessed a resurgence of Islamist militancy in late months.

While most of the victims were members of the churches' congregations, the police also found the perpetrator among the deceased at SMTB church.

Television images showed toppled motorcycles and debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered. It pledges allegiance to Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A police official also said the attackers included a veiled woman who had two children with her.

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The newest assaults got here days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention middle close to Jakarta that left 5 useless and 5 injured. The Jemaat Ansharud Daulah (JAD) planned to carry out attacks on police but switched to target churches, an agency spokesman told Metro TV.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people are Muslim, but there are significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. Inspector general Machfud Arifin told CNN Indonesia the suicide attack at St Mary's was carried out using a motorbike. "We must leave it completely to the government to handle", the head of the Indonesian Communion of Churches said in a statement on Sunday quoted by The Jakarta Post.

The bombings were the worst since a series of attacks on churches on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded almost 100.

- October 2005: Three suicide bombers detonate explosives at tourist spots in Bali, killing 20.

Investigators are on the alert, saying that the organization may be planning more attacks.

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