Sunday, May 13, 2018

At least 11 dead in bomb attacks on Indonesian churches. One family responsible, police say

At least 11 dead in bomb attacks on Indonesian churches
Suicide bombers have killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya, officials have said.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy inspired in part by so-called Islamic State.

East Java police said explosions took place in three churches and at least 11 had died and 40 had been taken to hospital.

Officials said a family of six was behind the attacks.

"The husband drove the car, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church," East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters.

The wife and two daughters were involved in the attack on a second church and at the third church "two other children rode the motorbike and had the bomb across their laps", Mr Mangera said.

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