9 dead, 40 injured in Indonesian bombings

  • 9 dead, 40 injured in Indonesian bombings

9 dead, 40 injured in Indonesian bombings

A series of attacks in Indonesia by suicide bombers on churches in the city of Surabaya were suspected to be carried out by the ISIS-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a spokesman for the country's intelligence agency said on Sunday.

According to the representative of police of East Java by Frans Barunga mangery the first explosion took place in Surabaya, near the Catholic Church of St. Mary at 7 am (3:00 Kiev time).

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Sunday bombings in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya. Also in this Church wounded at least 38 people, among them police officers.

It was followed by a second explosion in another church that killed another person while two were rushed to a hospital.

The official death toll climbed from an initial two killed and may include those who succumbed to injuries in hospital. A large blast was heard hours after the attacks, which Mangera said was a bomb disposal squad "securing" a remaining device.

Images from one scene showed a body lying outside the gate of Santa Maria Catholic church and members of Indonesia's bomb squad poring over the rubble. He said two police officers were among a total of 40 wounded.

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

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 five dead and five injured.

TV pictures showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church.

The third explosion occurred at the Church Gereja Pantekosta. 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.

Churches have also been targeted previously, including near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people.