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A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of “aiding criminal acts of terrorism,” as well as criminal conspiracy.

The couple were sentenced in connection with a series of suicide bomb attacks on 13 May 2018. Six members of the same family targeted three churches in the port city of Surabaya during their early morning services. Two brothers, ages 16 and 18, rode motorcycles up to the first church to detonate their bombs. Five minutes later, their father exploded a car bomb on the grounds of the second church. Their mother blew herself up, along with her young daughters, at a third church. At least 14 people died in the attacks.

The family who carried out the attack had recently returned to Indonesia from Syria. Agus Satrio Widodo was the suspected leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a militant group associated with ISIS terrorists. In total, more than 300 kilograms of explosives were discovered in the aftermath of the attack. Widodo and his wife were found to be hiding some of the explosives.

Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Barnabas Fund, Benar News

  • Pray for the repentance and salvation of this couple; may they come to understand the forgiveness, hope and peace that can only be attained through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that Indonesian authorities will remain vigilant in preventing such attacks from occurring in the future.
  • Pray for the church members who have had to cope with loss and injury. Pray their faith will be strengthened.

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