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Bomb Attacks Rock Three Indonesia Churches

Bomb Attacks Rock Three Indonesia Churches

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.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said police fatally shot four suspected militants and arrested two others early Sunday in West Java towns.

The first attack struck the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church in Surabaya, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the scene. Investigators believe the parents belong to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a terrorist group that lends its support to ISIS in Indonesia, the police general said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks on its Amaq news agency, without providing any evidence. Authorities have not confirmed the claim. He identified the mother as Puji Kuswati.

Karnavian said Futrianto drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the city's Pentecostal church.

The father exploded a vehicle bomb, two sons, aged 16 and 18, used a motorcycle for their attack, and the mother was with daughters, aged nine and 12, for her attack, national police chief Tito Karnavian said. According to CCTV footage, the bomb at that church went off at 7:08 a.m. (8:08 p.m. ET Saturday).

Televised eyewitness reports suggested that one suicide bomber was a veiled woman with a couple of children in tow.

"Right now there are only three locations". At the family's home, investigators found three plastic boxes containing pipe bombs, Surabaya police Grand Commissioner Rudi Setiawan said.

Members of police bomb squad inspect the wreckage of motorcycles at the site of one of the explosions.

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What do we know about Sunday's attack?

Francis asked faithful in St. Peter's Square to join him in prayers to the "God of peace so that he will make these violent actions stop, and that in the hearts of all there will be room not for sentiments of hatred and violence but of reconciliation and brotherhood".

"Recent (previous) attacks have been far less "professional", Sidney Jones, an expert on Southeast Asian terrorism and director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, told AFP. It wasn't clear if the shootings were connected with the church attacks.

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

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority country, has been hit by a string of attacks by Islamist militants since 2000. More than 82% of its roughly 261 million people follow Islam. Around 10% of the population are Christian.

- October 2002: Bombs at crowded nightspots in the resort island of Bali kill 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, in Indonesia's worst-ever terror attack.

Nine people have been killed following an attack on three churches by suicide bombers on Sunday, reported the BBC. Less than six months later, a suicide bombing in Bali killed 20.

ISIS took responsibility and was likely planning out more attacks before Jakarta police killed five other terrorists just this morning.


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