At least two dead, 13 injured in Indonesia church attacks


Suicide bombers made up of a household of six - together with kids and youths - rode in on bikes and attacked three church buildings in Indonesia throughout Sunday Mass, killing at the least 11 individuals and wounding dozens extra, police and media stories stated.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country. He said 41 people were wounded at that location, including two police officers, while one or more of the bombers were killed. The suicide bombings were the first involving a woman and children in Indonesia, officials said.

At least four people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the first attack at the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church.

According to Karnavian's chronology of events, which doesn't line up with the sequence Mangera previously provided to the state-run Antara news agency, the father, identified as Dita Sopriyanto, drove a van to the Indonesian Christian Church and dropped off wife Puji Kuswat and their 9- and 12-year-old daughters. Daesh has claimed responsibility.

A television report showed black smoke and flames engulfing the front yard of a church.

The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church while his sons rode motorcyles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, Karnavian said.

So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility, but police say they suspect the bombers are members of a homegrown group inspired by so-called Islamic State.

A local police chief, David Triyo Prasojo, said a bomb squad detonated an unexploded bomb at the Diponegoro church.

"I'm particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the Christian community of the city of Surabaya strongly hit by the grave attacks on places of worship", the pope said after his weekly Sunday Regina Coeli prayer.

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The detonations ocurred within 10 minutes of each other.

The group has not provided any proof to substantiate the claim, nor have any authorities or security sources yet verified its authenticity.

Police experts disarmed bombs at the Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya (Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church).

This Sunday's attacks occur days after Islamist militia prisoners in a high-security prison outside Jakarta killed five members of an elite anti-terrorist force during a 36-hour showdown.

It is reported BBC with reference to the head of the local police.

About 90% of Indonesians are Muslims, but in country re are also considerable communities of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists. Raya Arjuna and Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) on Jl.

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

- September 2004: A suicide auto bomb kills 10 outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.