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Indonesian Blasts Kill 11, Wound 41

Indonesian police say a family, including teens and children, were behind the suicide bombings of three churches on Sunday that killed at least 11 people and wounded 41 others in the city of Surabaya.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts in the country’s second largest city.

National police chief Tito Karnavian said the bombers included a mother and father, two daughters aged 9 and 12 and two teenage sons.  He said they were linked to the Islamic State-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah.

Indonesian Muslim and Christian organizations (Nadhlatul Ulama and Communion of Churches/PGI) condemned the attacks and issued a statement saying there is “no single religion in the world that justifies violence in achieving our goals.”   The groups urged the government to take “decisive and swift steps” to tackle terrorism and radicalism.

Police have ordered the temporary closure of all churches in Surabaya.  A large food festival in the city has also been canceled.

Churches in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, canceled morning services.  Jakarta is on high alert after the three bomb attacks in Surabaya. The National Police have tightened security across the capital, especially around  vital objects and strategic locations.

There are no details yet why the police increased the alert status, or whether there is any terrorist threat to the capital.

The attacks in predominantly Muslim Indonesia came days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention center near Jakarta that left six officers and an inmate dead.

 

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