More explosions in Surabaya after church attacks

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

Before Sunday's Surabaya church bombings, this type of explosive was first reportedly used by Leopard Wisnu Kumala, a 29-year-old man who attempted to extort money from Alam Sutra Mall management by threatening to explode several bombs in the mall in October 2015. CNN reported that four police officers and six civilians were injured in the attack, which also killed four attackers.

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A wave of deadly bombings Sunday and Monday and evidence of more planned have shaken Indonesia just before the holy month of Ramadan, with entire families - including children - carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshipers and the police.

The father, identified by police as Dita Oepriarto, was said to have driven his wife Puji Kuswat and their two daughters, aged 9 and 12, to the Indonesian Christian Church. Both sets of families were friends.

Suicide bombings were condemned by President Joko Widodo who called it "barbaric" and "beyond humanity".

The Jemaah Ansharuut Daulah (JAD) network, a group of Indonesian radicals, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group, is thought to be behind the attack.

"Two people were riding (on the motorcycle) and a woman was sitting at the back".

Correction: The name of the father in the church suicide bombings has been updated following further information from police.

Karnavian said the father drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the city's Pentecostal church.

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Gen. Tito Karnavian, chief of the National Police, said the family suspected in Sunday's attacks had recently returned to Indonesia after being deported from Syria.

He said that the attack was carried out by a family of five.

The members of this family on two motorcycles blew themselves up at a checkpoint near the police station.

In Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, the Indonesian Church Association added its condemnation.

"There has been an explosion, we don't know exactly what happened", he said.

The deadly spate of suicide bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya has revealed an even more ugly face to the Islamic State's strategy of jihad.

Indonesia has been on high alert for attacks by homegrown militants, including some claimed by ISIS. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country with more than 82 per cent of its roughly 260,500,000 people following Islam.

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