Suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches; 11 dead, 41 hurt 

Indonesia: Six jihad suicide bombers from one family attack three churches during Sunday Mass, killing at least 11

The family that slays together, stays together.

When was the last time you heard about a family of Christians committing mass murder at three mosques? Of course, you have never heard of such a thing. Yet numerous analysts in the West will continue to insist that “every religion has its extremists.”

There is no equivalent in the Bible to this verse: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties, for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.” (Qur’an 9:111)

ISIS-inspired group carried out attacks, spokesperson for country’s intelligence agency says

A family of six suicide bombers that included two young children carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city on Sunday, police said, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror at one of the worst attacks on its Christian minority.

At least seven people plus the six bombers died in the attacks in Surabaya, according to police. At least 41 people were injured in the attacks, which Indonesia’s president condemned as “barbaric.”

The bombings were the worst to target churches in Indonesia since a series of attacks on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded nearly 100. Religious minorities in Indonesia, especially Christians, have been repeatedly targeted by militants.

Firefighters attend to a blaze following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya. (Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Surabaya government via Reuters)

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National police chief Tito Karnavian said that the father exploded a car bomb, two sons aged 18 and 16 used a motorcycle for their attack, and the mother was with daughters aged 12 and 9 for her attack.

ISIS-inspired group blamed

Karnavian said the family had returned to Indonesia from Syria, where until recently ISIS controlled significant territory.

The extremist group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. It didn’t mention anything about families or children taking part in the attack, and said there were only three attackers.

Suddenly she hugged a civilian then (the bomb) exploded. Witness at Diponegoro church

The first attack struck the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church in Surabaya, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the scene. That blast was followed by a second explosion minutes later at the Christian Church of Diponegoro and a third at the city’s Pantekosta Church, Mangera said.

A witness described the woman’s attack at the Diponegoro church, saying she was carrying two bags when she arrived.

Suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya. (CBC)

“At first officers blocked them in front of the churchyard, but the woman ignored them and forced her way inside. Suddenly she hugged a civilian then (the bomb) exploded,” said the witness, a security guard who identified himself as Antonius.

Mangera said three unexploded homemade bombs, two at the Pantekosta church and one at the Diponegoro church, were detonated by a bomb squad.

Shattered glass and chunks of concrete littered the entrance of the Santa Maria Church, which was sealed off by armed police. Rescue personnel treated victims at a nearby field while officers inspected wrecked motorcycles in the parking lot that had been burned in the explosion.

Members of police bomb squad inspect the wreckage of motorcycles at the site of one of the explosions.(Trisnadi/Associated Press)

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A street merchant outside the church said she was blown several meters (yards) by the blast.

“I saw two men riding a motorbike force their way into the churchyard. One was wearing black pants and one with a backpack,” said the merchant, Samsia, who uses a single name. “Soon after that the explosion happened.”

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited the scenes of the attacks and described them as “cowardly actions” that were “very barbaric and beyond the limit of humanity.”

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, the Indonesian Church Association condemned the attacks.

“We are angry,” said Gormar Gultom, an official with the association, but urged people to let the police investigation take its course.

Indonesia’s two largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, also condemned the attacks.

Separately, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said police fatally shot four suspected militants and arrested two others early Sunday in West Java towns. It wasn’t clear whether the shootings were connected to the church attacks.

“They have trained in order to attack police,” Wasisto said, identifying the militants as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Islamic State group-affiliated network of about two dozen extremist groups that has been implicated in a number of attacks in Indonesia over the past year.

Debris are seen outside Santa Maria church where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Sunday. (Trisnadi/Associated Press)

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Jakarta police placed the capital and surrounding areas on high alert, while the transportation ministry warned airports to be on guard.

The church attacks came days after police ended a hostage-taking ordeal by imprisoned Islamic militants at a detention centre near Jakarta in which six officers and three inmates died. ISIS claimed responsibility.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people. In recent years, the country has faced a new threat as the rise of IS in the Middle East invigorated local militant networks.

Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9 per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people.

8 thoughts on “Suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches; 11 dead, 41 hurt ”

  1. Bet those little Mozzies got suicide vests for Iftar.

    This could be a great care bear and share scene for the safeskool here in Oz when the kidz share their happy holiday stories. Preference will be given, of course, to the little boy whose family has caved to social pressure and got a rainbow costume, but would love to hear what the little Mozzies are getting. Keep that space open Sheik.

  2. Indonesia’s two largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, also condemned the attacks.

    Yeah as usual …
    The usual load of islamic denier BS !!!

    The only and one solution to islam
    Purge the earth of …
    • islamophiles
    • islams
    • islam
    • qur’ans
    • mosques
    … Now !!!

    Everyone who assists/aids invader islams …
    are more guilty of the crimes islams commit than the islams who commit the crimes !!!
    Then there is the Treason/Sedition/Subversion these islamophiles are guilty of !!!

    Hold those who conspire with islams accountable for their conspiracies with islams … eg Turnbull+ (includes Bishop) Shorten+ (includes Wong and the islam Aly) !!!

    1. Australia’s “islamophile” politicians bureaucrats (w)academics (aka marxist infiltrated authorities) and their PC’d mind controlled “AgitatorS” are guilty of Treason/Sedition/Subversion against Australia
      … for the benefit of islam !!!

      Otherwise the islams would not be here there and everywhere in Australia
      … be historically islam aware !!!

      • Remove and Permanently “incarcerate islamophiles !!!
      • Stop and reverse islam immigration !!!
      • Stop and reverse criminal African tribal immigration !!!

  3. Can anyone remember the last time a “Christian” went inside a mosque and blew themselves up killing scores of innocent Muslims? Just think of the mindless and violent demonstrations and the wailing and screaming for Christian blood if it ever did happen. Islam the Hypocrisy Religion!

  4. My guess is that our knowledgeable foreign minister Julie Bishop will soon make another multi million donation to Indonesia’s unregulated madrassas and pesantrans in “a bid to counter radicalism.”

  5. This was yesterday’s big news. We’re accustomed to muslims blowing innocent people up. 10, 20, 40, 100, 200 at a time, regularly every week.

    But now , in a situation predicted by all and which could have been easily averted by Hamas – shock, horror, 50 rioting invaders are purportedly killed by the Israeli army. And the these 50 deaths suddenly have the same horror value as if they were 50,000 deaths. The arab and muslim world starts foaming at the mouth – and Erdogan sees it as an incredible opportunity to strike out at Israel.

    The hypocrisy of the media is only exceeded by the hypocrisy of the muslims.

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