Militants on motorcycle attack Indonesia police headquarters

  • Militants on motorcycle attack Indonesia police headquarters

Militants on motorcycle attack Indonesia police headquarters

Despite Indonesia's crackdown on militants since the Bali bombings, the country has faced a new threat in recent years as the rise of IS in the Middle East invigorated local networks.

Jemaah Islamiyah, the network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support.

The blast was followed by a second explosion minutes later at the Christian Church of Diponegoro and a third at the city's Pantekosta Church.

Around the same time the couple's two teenage sons, aged 16 and 18, drove motorcycles to the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where they also detonated bombs. The police said that at least six officers and four civilians had been injured.

Two other churches were targeted as well, but bombs failed to explode at St. Jacob's Church in West Surabaya and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, according to the Post.

In the latest attack on Monday morning, one family brought its 8-year-old daughter to launch a suicide bombing on Surabaya's police headquarters, police said.

He said the church bombers and the police headquarters attackers were friends, as were another family whose homemade bombs exploded in their apartment Sunday night. Officers reportedly found the father of the family in the house holding a detonator and shot him.

The youngest in Anton's family, GA, will have to undergo intensive medical treatment at the Bhayangkara Ngagel Hospital for burns.

At least 25 people died and 55 others were wounded in the bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo.

This type of explosive is commonly used by Islamic State (IS) militants when carrying out terror attacks. It was involved in a terrorist attack in central Jakarta that killed 4 people in 2016.

The Pontiff said: "I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the communities of Christians of the city of Surabaya, which were hit hard by the serious attack on places of worship".