Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

8 dead, almost 40 wounded as bombs hit 3 Indonesian churches

8 dead, almost 40 wounded as bombs hit 3 Indonesian churches

Three children from the family, who had also been put to terror work, survived and have been hospitalised.

National Police Chief Tito said that the attacks were religiously motivated and that the attackers received instruction from the headquarters of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Three attacks, including one suicide bombing, were carried out in Surabaya early today.

The father, identified by police as Dita Oepriarto, was said to have driven his wife Puji Kuswat and their two daughters, aged 9 and 12, to the Indonesian Christian Church.

On Sunday night, three members of another family, including a child, were killed when a bomb exploded in their apartment outside Surabaya when the police moved in to arrest them.

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The extent of the carnage and the fact that children were enlisted in the attacks drew condemnation from the country's leader, President Joko Widodo, who called them "barbaric".

One the same day, the family's two teenage sons, 16 and 18, drove their motorcycles to the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where they carried out similar attacks. Also dead are the six family members believed to have been the suicide bombers who coordinated and executed the attack, Reuters reported.

Karnavian said Futrianto drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the city's Pentecostal church.

Australians travelling to Bali and other parts of Indonesia have been warned to exercise caution after recent bombing attacks in the country.

Militants on Monady detonated explosives from a motorcycle at a police station in the city of Surabaya, on Java Island.

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Formed in 2015, the group linked to the attacks, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), is a jihadi group that supports ISIS, according to Jakarta officials.

In Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, the Indonesian Church Association added its condemnation.

The attack on Monday wounded at least ten people, and came a day after a wave of deadly attacks on three churches killed at least 13 people.

Singapore strongly condemns the bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a press statement.

The group also claimed responsibility for a hostage-taking ordeal last week by imprisoned Islamic militants at a detention center near Jakarta in which six officers were killed.

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More than 82% of Indonesia's roughly 261 million people follow Islam.

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