Indonesia Church Bombings Leave 9 Dead and Dozens Wounded
- Author: Megan Austin May 13, 2018,
May 13, 2018, 14:18
In response to the spate of bomb attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday morning, the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has sent a message to its congregation to remind them to stay calm in the face of terror.
Separately, an internal police report reviewed by Reuters said a suspected bomb exploded in a auto in the parking lot of a Pentacostal church, setting alight dozens of motorbikes.
Dozens of others were injured in the attacks, which occurred within minutes of each other.
Authorities were also investigating whether there was an explosion at a fourth church.
Forty-one people - including two police officers - are in hospital being treated for injuries following suspected terrorist attacks in Surabaya, a port city on the east coast of Java Island, East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.
This is a developing story.
Officers walk past debris at Santa Maria church after the explosion in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on May 13, 2018.
"There is one location where we can't enter yet", Mangera told reporters near the scene of one of the bombings.
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Police have only given details of one attack on Santa Maria Catholic Church and there have not yet been any claims of responsibility.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry has condemned "in the strongest terms" Sunday's suicide bomb attacks on three Indonesian churches which left at least 11 people dead.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.
The State Intelligence Agency said an Islamic State-linked group, Jemaat Ansharud Daulah, or JAD, was likely to be behind the attacks.
Christians, many of whom from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9% of Indonesia's 260 million people.
This is an ongoing part of life in Indonesia.
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.
Seven people were killed, six of them foreigners, and more than 40 were injured when suicide bombers targeted the luxury Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta in July 2009.