Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

Motorcycle bomb explodes outside Surabaya police station in Indonesia

Motorcycle bomb explodes outside Surabaya police station in Indonesia

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack outside a police building in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya.

Indonesia has long struggled with domestic terrorist groups, particularly the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jemaah Islamiyah, which claimed responsibility for 11 attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings that left more than 200 people dead and hundreds injured, many of them tourists.

The Jakarta Post quoted National Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto as saying that the February assault fit a pattern of recent terrorist attacks in other countries, and that Suliyono had been radicalized after joining several religious organizations, which Wasisto declined to name, while a student in Sulawesi.

A second family of five, also including children, carried out another suicide bombing earlier today in the same city, Surabaya, targeting the police headquarters. "This is one family". Three children from the family, who had also been put to terror work, survived and have been hospitalised.

"A martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive-laden motorcycle hit the gate of an Indonesian police headquarters", IS's official Amaq agency reported, according to SITE.

He said that the attack was carried out by a family of five. "The children probably don't know what's going on or don't understand".

The organization is known as the main supporter of the Islamic State militant group in Indonesia.

The terror inmates who rioted last Tuesday evening at the Mako Brimob detention center reportedly demanded to speak with Aman, who is being held at the facility, during initial negotiations with police officers, a demand that the police later met.

This story has been corrected to reflect new police information on the ages of two of the girls involved in the bombings.

In recent years, Indonesia has been confronting ISIS attempts to recruit members in the country.

The churches targeted were Santa Maria Catholic church, Diponegoro Indonesian Christian church and Surabaya Centre Pentecostal church. The woman's husband - a confidante of the husband behind the church bombings, Dita Oepriyanto - was badly injured in the explosion. Local authorities said it's the JAD cell head may have acted in response to a call from ISIS for "cells throughout the world to mobilise".

"If he had not stopped the bombers, there would have been more victims (inside the church)", he said.

Separately on Sunday, three members of another family were killed when homemade bombs exploded at an apartment in Sidoarjo, a town bordering Surabaya, police said. "To pull off three near-simultaneous bombings is the hallmark of a group that is thinking".

Dr Chong asked Anglicans to pray for "the safety of all our Christian brothers and sisters throughout Indonesia; for God's peace to cover this nation; Christians to stand firm in their faith; wisdom for church leaders; Christians not to retaliate against their Muslim neighbours; the perpetrators would be found out and justice meted".

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