Police arrest 13 terror suspects

Police arrest 13 terror suspects

At least 11 people, including a suicide bomber, were killed and 41 injured on Sunday in bomb attacks on three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya.

At least four children belonging to two of the three families behind the string of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, East Java, on Sunday and Monday, became orphans after their parents were killed in the explosions.

IS claimed responsibility for the church bombings in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo condemned the attacks as "barbaric" and vowed that authorities would root out and destroy Islamic militant networks.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Video footage showed policeman Roni Faisal rushing towards the distraught little girl - standing among the remains of her family.

"In Syria, [terror network] the Islamic State has used children several times in their attacks", Tito told reporters in the press conference.

Another family reportedly attacked a police station this morning, wounding 10 people including police officers.

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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.

The footage of Monday's attack shows the motorcycles, moving closely together, pull up alongside a vehicle and four officers manning opposite sides of the checkpoint.

Indonesia's deadliest terrorist attack occurred in 2002, when bombs exploded on the tourist island of Bali, killing 202 people in one night, mostly foreigners.

"I saw she was just a kid - seven or eight years old".

Four men, all members of her family, were killed in the blast, but the girl survived.

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said the militant died in a shootout in a Surabaya neighbourhood with counterterrorism police, who had tried to arrest him over possible involvement in the attacks that killed at least 13 people. On Monday, May 14, another coordinated suicide bombing attack was directed toward police headquarters in Surabaya. A large blast was heard hours after the attacks, which Mangera said was a bomb disposal squad "securing" a remaining device.

Police said Dita Oepriarto had dropped his wife and two daughters, aged twelve and nine, at the Diponegoro Indonesia Christian Church.

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