Bomb Attacks Rock Three Indonesia Churches

A damaged motorbike is seen at the scene outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

A SUICIDE bomber disguised as a churchgoer was involved in one of three targeted attacks in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens, police said.

The attackers, disguising as followers of the morning sermon in the churches, detonated bombs which hit scores of followers, said the police. A large blast was heard hours after the attacks, which Mangera said was a bomb disposal squad "securing" a remaining device.

Members of police bomb squad inspect wreckage of motorcycles at the site where an explosion went off outside a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in central Jakarta.

It was followed by a second explosion in another church that killed another person while two were rushed to a hospital.

"The victims are being identified", the spokesman added.


The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7.30 am, AFP reported. Also in this Church wounded at least 38 people, among them police officers.

Television footage showed one church engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up. Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by Al Qaeda-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for that incident although police rejected its involvement.

This is a developing story.

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