At least 3 killed in blasts at churches in Indonesia's second city

Saul Bowman
May 13, 2018

The assault was adopted by a second explosion in one other church that killed one other particular person, whereas two had been rushed to a hospital.

"The victims are being identified", Frans Barung Mangera, an East Java police spokesman, said, cited by Reuters.

It is not known if there were casualties at the two churches apart from Santa Maria.

"There is one location where we can't enter yet", Mangera told reporters near the scene of one of the bombings. "In total 13 people are being treated at the hospital", East Java police spokesman added.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that incident although police denied its involvement.

Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.


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

The blasts came four days after inmates killed five police officers during a revolt at a police detention center near Jakarta.

Earlier, television images showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered.

The police said the first attack took place at 7:30 AM local time.

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. "Suddenly she hugged a civilian then (the bomb) exploded", said a civilian guard named Antonius. The network of about two dozen extremist groups has been implicated in a number of attacks in Indonesia over the past year.

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.

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