May 13, 2018
- The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, say police.
- Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country and has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy.
Indonesian bomb squade examine the site following a suicide bomb outside a church in Surabaya on May 13, 2018. (AFP / JUNI KRISWANTO)
JAKARTA: Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens, police said.
The first attack struck a Sunday Mass at the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church, killing four people, including the suspected bomber, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the scene. He said police officers were among a total of 38 wounded.
It was followed by a second explosion minutes later at the Christian Church of Diponegoro that killed two people. Another two died in a third attack at the city’s Pantekosta Church, Mangera said.
The latest attacks in predominantly Muslim Indonesia came days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention center near Jakarta that left six officers and an inmate dead. Daesh has claimed responsibility.
Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people. In recent years the country has faced a new threat as the rise of Daesh in the Middle East invigorated local militant networks.