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Our CEO has arrived in Indonesia to determine how best we can help following Sunday’s suicide bombings at three churches in Indonesia.

At least 13 people were killed, and dozens wounded in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

A family of six, including a nine-year-old girl, staged suicide bombings at three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya, police say.

The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia since 2005, as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with homegrown militancy and rising intolerance towards religious minorities.

Police chief Tito Karnavian said the family belonged to an Indonesian IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had recently spent time in Syria.

Police identified the father as Dita Futrianto, saying he was the head of a local JAD cell.

He reportedly dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, where they blew themselves up. The girls ─ aged 9 and 12 ─ had bombs strapped to them, as did their mother.

Futrianto then drove off, launching his own bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.

The sons ─ aged 16 and 18 ─ rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. It was their attack that came first, at around 7:30am local time. The other two attacks followed five minutes apart, police said.

A security guard told the Associated Press news agency that the woman had arrived at the Diponegoro church carrying two bags, and forced her way inside ignoring the guards.

“Suddenly, she hugged a civilian, then [the bomb] exploded,” said the eyewitness, who identified himself as Antonius.

In recent years women have become increasingly active in terrorist cells in Indonesia but this would be the first-time children have been used.

Sources: SBS, BBC News


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