Church bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya leave 10 dead.
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Church bombings in Indonesia’s Surabaya leave 10 dead.

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Suicide bombers have attacked three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city Surabaya, killing at least 10 people.

Around 40 others were injured in the attacks, which occurred within minutes of each other. No group has so far said it carried them out.

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

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

The bombings took place around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT). Officials reportedly foiled attacks against other churches.

Wawan Purwanto, of Indonesia’s intelligence agency, said the Islamic State-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), was suspected to be behind the attacks.

He added that the bombings were likely to be linked to an incident earlier this month, when five members of the security forces were killed during a 36-hour standoff with militant Islamist prisoners at a high security prison on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.

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Separately, police said they had killed four suspected members of JAD in Cianjur, West Java, to the south of Jakarta.

Firefighters are seen at the site of a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, 13 May 2018

More than 90% of Indonesians are Muslim, but there are also significant populations of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

Christian leaders urged calm. “We don’t need to be afraid when facing terror threats. We must leave it completely to the government to handle,” the head of the Indonesian Communion of Churches said in a statement on Sunday quoted by The Jakarta Post.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi condemned the attack and sent her condolences to the victims and their families.

 

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