Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly

Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly

In Manado, North Sulawesi, hundreds of people gathered at the local Sentrum church to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's attacks. Representatives from several religions joined the act to express unity, including those who practice Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism and Catholicism.

It appears to be a picture of a happy middle-class Indonesian family. "Our help cannot end the grief but this is the evidence of unity and affection among people", Alissa wrote on the crowdfunding page.

The newspaper reported that 12 worshippers died in the church attacks.

Indonesian police have fatally shot a militant and arrested 13 people with suspected links to suicide bombings carried out by two families in the country's second-largest city.

Picture: The reflection of a church struck by suicide bombers is seen in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 14th May. According to the police, the attacks were based on instruction from the Islamic State.

The attack on Surabaya's police headquarters came a day after another family, including four children, detonated bombs that targeted three churches leaving 12 people dead and at least 40 injured.

Police in Sidoarjo, near Surabaya, recovered pipe bombs at an apartment where a blast on Sunday killed three members of a family alleged to have been making bombs.

"There is one location where we can't enter yet", Mangera told reporters near the scene of one of the bombings. The girl, 8, is now being treated in intensive care in Port Health Center (PHC) Hospital Surabaya.

All perpetrators in both the church bombings and police station attack had their national identification cards on them.

A number of city residents who spoke to the Jakarta Globe said roads and public places are emptier than usual since the incident, as people prefer to stay inside.

ISIS, from which the recent attackers reportedly took their cues, has always understood the power of using provocative violence, Barton said. "The streets are less crowded compared to normal, and a lot of malls are deserted", said Michelle S, a Surabaya resident.

The first attack targeted three churches early on Sunday morning.

"I think the message is simply that they can create momentum", he said. "A security guard helped carry Nathan to the vehicle".

"Personally, I don't feel afraid". Six civilians and four officers were wounded.

Yesterday, a counter-terrorism source told The Straits Times that a key reason why male militants are willing to sacrifice their wives and children in their "martyrdom" was because they did not want their surviving spouse and children being placed in deradilcalisation programmes after their death.

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