Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Three killed in another Indonesia bomb explosion

A representative office in Surabaya on the horizon for Tourism Malaysia A representative office in Surabaya on the horizon for Tourism Malaysia
Deanna Wagner | 15 May, 2018, 22:40

On Monday, another militant family of five riding two motorbikes blew themselves up at a police checkpoint in the city, wounding 10 people and killing four of the family and two others. Of those killed, 13 were the perpetrators. Experts have warned for several years that when those fighters return, they could pose a significant threat.

According to police, all members of the family died in the attacks, which ISIS claimed responsibility for via its Amaq News Agency. Karnavian, however, said earlier police comments that the family had spent time in Syria were incorrect.

Using women and children in militant attacks has always been a tactic deployed in other countries - Nigerian terror group Boko Haram often uses children as suicide bombers. Children have no choice.

In all, 26 people - including 13 militants and their children - died since Sunday.

Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Rachland Nashidik said that while it was important to revise the Terrorism Law, the President should "pay attention to organizational reform and replace officials who have failed in carrying out their duties to protect the freedom and security of citizens".

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At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured in the multiple suicide bombings, the deadliest terrorist strike in Indonesia in more than a decade. The motorcycles, which moved closely together, pulled up alongside a vehicle and four officers manning opposite sides of the checkpoint.

The attacks are thought to have been perpetrated in support of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, an Indonesian jihadi group that supports ISIS. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

Co-ordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12. Authorities say the surviving children are being treated for physical and mental issues and will eventually be placed with safe family members. "If three families can be involved in two days' worth of terrorist attacks in Surabaya, surely there are more ready to act".

Two police officers were among the injured after a series of explosions took place in the morning during Sunday service, Efe quoted East Java police spokesperson Frans Barung Mangera as saying. Meanwhile, police were also able to recover a few more homemade bombs around the church's vicinity, which the bomb squad properly detonated and disposed of.

The mother also participated in the attack alongside their daughters, aged 12 and 9.