At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Jakarta: Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority, police said.
The first attack struck a Sunday Mass at the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church.
Mangera said two police officers were among a total of 41 wounded.
The blast was followed by a second explosion minutes later at the Christian Church of Diponegoro and a third at the city’s Pentecostal Church, Mangera said.
At least one of the attackers was killed when they detonated their bomb at Santa Maria. It was not clear if any other perpetrators were among those killed or injured.
Suicide bombers from one family
Indonesia’s national police chief says all the suicide bombers were members of one family, including children and teens.
The national police chief, Tito Karnavian, said the family had been in Syria, where Daesh until recently controlled a large swath of territory.
He said the family’s father exploded a car bomb, two sons aged 18 and 16 used a motorbike in their attack and the mother was with two children aged 12 and 9.
Officers walk past debris at Santa Maria church after the explosion in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on May 13, 2018.
Daesh claim responsibility
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks on its Amaq news agency, without providing any evidence.
Earlier, a spokesman for Indonesia’s intelligence agency said the Sunday’s attacks were suspected to be carried out by the Daesh-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the agency, also told Metro TV that the attacks were likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta involving militants last week.
Asked who he thought were the brains behind the attacks, Purwano said: “Still the old group, JAD, who has planned this for sometime.”
A person injured from a blast at the Indonesian Christian Church is evacuated to a waiting ambulance in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia May 13, 2018.
Condemnation
In Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, the Indonesian Church Association strongly condemned the attacks and called on people to wait for authorities to investigate.
“We are angry with these attacks, but we leave it to the authorities to resolve them,” said Gormar Gultom, an official with the association.