13 Killed During Church Bombings in Indonesia

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A family of suicide bombers on Sunday morning attacked three Indonesian churches resulting in the deaths of at least 13 within the country’s second-largest city Surabaya, with dozens of others injured.

The mother and two daughters blew themselves up at one church, while the father and two sons triggered blasts at the others in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

It was around 7:30 a.m. local time when an initial blast rocked Santa Maria Catholic Church before two more blasts hit both the Surabaya Pentecostal Centre Church and the GKI Diponegoro Church around 25 minutes later.

An investigation is under way in the Muslim-majority country, which has had its share of Islamic jihadist militants, and police have yet to identify the attackers at this time and no group has claimed responsibility.

East Java provincial police spokesman Col. Frans Barung Mangera told reporters a total of 41 injured victims from the attacks have been sent to hospital, including two on-duty police officers that were guarding churches.

“Police arrested a person that was about to attack the otherwise fourth target, the Cathedral Church. It has been foiled,” Surabaya deputy mayor Winsu Sakti Buana told Elshinta radio, reported local media.

The death toll has risen several times.

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