9 killed in church attacks in Indonesia

9 killed in church attacks in Indonesia

According to Karnavian's chronology of events, which doesn't line up with the sequence Mangera previously provided to the state-run Antara news agency, the father, identified as Dita Sopriyanto, drove a van to the Indonesian Christian Church and dropped off wife Puji Kuswat and their 9- and 12-year-old daughters.

The couple and their two boys, aged 16 and 18 and two girls, aged 10 and 12, were linked to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a local group inspired by the Islamic State (IS), National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said. The suspects behind the bombings are all members of the same family, according to Indonesian intelligence, and the Islamic State has already claimed responsibility for the terrorist incident.

The daddy then drove the van to the Pentecost Central Church, the place, from contained in the automobile, he detonated one other bomb in entrance of the church.

A senior police official said the bombings were carried out by at least five suicide bombers, including a veiled woman who had two children with her.

The sons rode a motorcycle onto the grounds of the Santa Maria Church and detonated their explosives there.

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. "One was wearing black trousers and one with a backpack", said Samsia, who uses a single name.

"All religious teachings reject the doctrine of terrorism whatever the reason", he said.

"We took the children out from the apartment, but we didn't touch other victims in the damaged room", Puguh said.

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It was the first major attack in Jakarta since Jemaah Islamiyah's 2009 simultaneous attacks on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels, which left seven people dead.

Police closed off all three locations during the investigation and President Joko Widodo called the attacks "barbaric" and said he would "uproot the cells entirely".

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

Two children were rescued from the Wonocolo low-priced apartments (Rusunawa) in Sidoarjo, East Java, late on Sunday evening, following a premature bomb explosion. The young child reportedly survived, but suffered injuries.

The East Java police spokesman has reported that attacks have cost lives of at least 13 people and that 40 have been transferred to hospital, including two police officers. It wasn't clear whether the shootings were connected to the church attacks.

Jakarta has raised the alert status to the "highest alert status until further notice", Jakarta Police chief Insp.

Attempted crackdown: The Indonesian government has carried out a sustained crackdown on militant extremists, particularly since al-Qaida-affiliated radicals bombed a tourist section of Bali in 2002, killing 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.

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