Nine dead in Indonesia church bombings

Casey Dawson
May 13, 2018

Note that the deadly explosions all reportedly occurred within 10 minutes of each other with the first explosion reportedly at 7.30 am local time (00:30 GMT). He said 41 people were wounded at that location, including two police officers, while one or more of the bombers were killed.

As per media reports, two people were killed at the Santa Maria Church in the Ngagel Madya area of Indonesia's second-largest and busiest city, one other succumbed to injuries at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church and two others were killed at the GKI Diponegoro Church.

Particles are seen exterior Santa Maria church the place an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Could 13, 2018.

One person died in a hospital, bringing the death toll to eight, police said. Two people were killed in a blast at a Christian-owned house in Bandung west Java, Indonesia's main island, police said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that incident although police denied its involvement.

Meanwhile, according to Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the Indonesia's Intelligence Agency, the recent wave of suicide bombings had been carriet out by Daesh-inspired terror group Jemaah Ansharut Daulau, Reuters reported.

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A few days ago police tried to end a riot and hostage-taking at a detention center near Jakarta that left five dead and five injured.

In 2000 bombs disguised as Christmas gifts delivered to churches and clergymen killed 19 people on Christmas Eve and injured scores more across the country.

Authorities are also investigating whether there was another explosion at a fourth church.

TV pictures showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church.

Police ordered the temporary closure of all churches in Surabaya, and a large food festival in the city was cancelled.

Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits back home could get a new lease on life.

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