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Another bomb explodes in Indonesia after church bombings

Another bomb explodes in Indonesia after church bombings

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.

The Indonesian Church Association condemned the attacks, as did the country's two largest Muslim organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, the AP reported.

Indonesia's President has ordered a full investigation into the roots of the organisation blamed for three church bombings in the nation's second-biggest city, Surabaya, on Sunday.

Police believe the suicide bombing father Oepriarto was the head of JAD in East Java.

The first attack was carried out at approximately 7:30 am local time (8:30 pm Eastern Summer Time) by the two sons at the Santa Maria Catholic Church.

Police say they have confirmed that the family travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

In addition to the suicide blast police experts defused two unexploded bombs at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church.

Hospitalized with injuries were 41 people - including two police officers, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said in a CNN report. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the uprising.

"At first officers blocked them in front of the churchyard, but the woman ignored them and forced her way inside". On or hand, a police report to which Reuters has access indicates that a suspect detonated a bomb in a vehicle in parking lot of a Pentecostal church, burning hundreds of motorcycles.

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Shattered glass and chunks of concrete littered the entrance of the Santa Maria Church, which was sealed off by police. Rescue personnel treated victims at a nearby field while officers inspected wrecked motorcycles in the parking lot that had been burned in the explosion. "One was wearing black trousers and one with a backpack", a merchant known only as Samsia told the AP.

A street merchant outside the church said she was thrown several meters (yards) by the blast.

"This act is barbaric and beyond the limits of humanity, causing victims among members of society, the police and even innocent children", President Joko Widodo said.

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world but the Christian faith numbers roughly 25 million people.

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

Forensic proof signifies the bombs have been connected to the attackers' our bodies, Karnavian stated.

Five members of Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta.

The radical Islamist, who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, injured four people.

For years, analysts have warned that Indonesia would develop into a militant outpost in Southeast Asia as insurgencies in the Middle East provide battlefield experience harnessed by foreign fighters after they return home.


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