Bodies of Surabaya Bombers Identified

Glen Mclaughlin
May 16, 2018

Following bomb attacks on three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, a fourth bomb blast near police station in East Java killed three persons late on Sunday.

He said the church bombers and the police headquarters attackers were friends, as were another family whose homemade bombs exploded in their apartment Sunday night.

A third is that the intent of such attacks is to actively destabilise secular Muslim states such as Indonesia, Iraq and Egypt where the civil authority takes precedence over religious institutions and in which a wide range of races, cultures and religious groups have historically live together in harmony.

Al-Qaeda has carried out the deadliest attacks in Indonesia, killing more than 200 people on the island of Bali in 2002.

Christians have been targeted before by militants in Indonesia, according to the AP.

Television footage showed one church where the yard in front appeared engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up. The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured. At the moment of the explosion, two apparent civilians are walking into the checkpoint just meters from the motorcycles. The four perpetrators on two motorbikes died after driving into the building gateway and detonating explosives, according to police, who said an 8-year-old girl on one of the motorcycles was thrown from the vehicle but survived. All six members of the family were killed.

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"The children probably don't know what's going on or don't understand", he said.

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said the militant died in a shootout in a Surabaya neighbourhood with counter-terrorism police, who had tried to arrest him over possible involvement in the attacks that killed at least 12 people.

IS also claimed responsibility for an attack on a high-security prison near Jakarta that killed five security forces personnel earlier this month, among other attacks. On Monday, May 14, another coordinated suicide bombing attack was directed toward police headquarters in Surabaya.

The father of the church suicide bombers was a local leader in extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which supports ISIS.

Futrianto was reported to have dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters, ages 9 and 12, at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church in Surabaya, East Java.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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