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A two-year-old girl has died from injuries she sustained in an attack at a church on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.

Intan Olivia Marbun was severely burned after an attacker threw petrol bombs at a group of small children playing outside the church on Sunday.

Three other children aged 4, 3 and 2 years were injured.

Police arrested a 32-year-old suspect after he was captured by local people following the attack. The police stated the attacker has been imprisoned on terrorism charges in the past.

The attacker has been identified as a militant linked to local extremists supporting the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) group.

“The man passed by the church and threw what we suspected was low-explosive cocktail bombs, causing light injuries to four children who were playing there,” local police spokesman Fajar Setiawan told the AFP news agency.

Police say the attacker was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word “jihad”, the agency adds.

“Marbun suffered extensive burn injuries and respiratory problems and doctors could not save her,” Mr Setiawan said.

Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. The country has suffered a series of attacks inspired by the ISIS militant group in recent times.

Sources: BBC, Reuters, VOM Sources

 Prayer Points

  • Pray for the grieving family; ask the Lord to uphold them and strengthen them during their time of shock and sorrow.
  • Pray too for the families of the young children injured in hospital; may these children make a full recovery.
  • Pray this church will not be afraid to continue to meet with one another, to worship the Lord and encourage one another in their faith. Pray their witness may reach many, including those who currently oppose the Gospel.