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Mother, Father and Four Children Bomb Three Churches in Indonesia

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May 14, 2018

“Violence and terrorism should not be associated with any religion,” the bloc of Islamic nations declared on Sunday, condemning a series of suicide bombings on Christian churches in Indonesia reportedly carried out by six members of the same family – mother, father, two teenage sons, and daughters aged nine and 12.

At least 11 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the blasts that targeted three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, minutes apart on Sunday morning.

Indonesian police said the father of the family detonated a car bomb in the grounds of a Pentecostal church, while his two sons, ages 16 and 18, carried out a bombing on two motorcycles near the entrance of a Catholic church. His wife and two daughters, whom he had dropped off before heading for his target, bombed a Presbyterian church.

In addition to the 11 victims, all six members of the family were killed in the blasts. Police said the family had recently returned from Syria, via Turkey which had deported them.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility on a social media channel for the “martyrdom operations.” National police chief Tito Karnavian said police suspect that Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian jihadist group that swore allegiance to ISIS in 2015, was behind them.

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