Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

A family of five, including a child, carried out the suicide bombing of a police headquarters in Indonesia's second city Surabaya on Monday, police said, a day after a deadly wave of attacks on churches staged by another family.

The family, riding on two motorbikes, blew themselves up at a checkpoint outside the police station, Police Chief Tito Karnavian told a news conference. Eight-year-old child who was with them, was thrown by the explosion, and he survived. CNN reported that four police officers and six civilians were injured in the attack, which also killed four attackers.

Police have confirmed that three families were separately behind a series of blasts that struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens in the deadliest attack for years in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

On that same day, police said they later detonated four bombs found in the house of the family who carried out the bombings.

Islamic State has said it was behind the bombings, which were the worst since a series of attacks on churches on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded almost 100.

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Earlier in the morning his sons, ages 16 and 18, had ridden motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church and detonated their explosives.

"If he had not stopped the bombers, there would have been more victims (inside the church)", he said.

ISIS has claimed guilt for the attacks, reports The Jakarta Post.

The government may offer more support to Indonesia, in the wake of the bombings. "We must tighten security", he said. The group also claimed responsibility for a hostage-taking ordeal last week by imprisoned Islamic militants at a detention center near Jakarta in which six officers were killed. Jihadists typically see the Ramadan season as a time in which Allah looks upon terrorist attacks with particular favor.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said the Egyptian people and government stood with their Indonesian counterparts against the terrorist attacks that had targeted the government over the past 48 hours.

Other reports by GizPress

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