Bodies of Surabaya Bombers Identified

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

A second is the attackers, who appropriate the name of a worthy and long-established faith that espouses tolerance, justice and civil harmony, have about as much to do with Islam as the Klu Klux Klan has to do with Methodism, the Roman Catholic Church or Anglicanism.

Nearly immediately afterwards, there were explosions in a protestant church on the Diponegoro street, where two people were killed, and another one at a pentecostal church on Arjuno street, where another two people died.

The family involved in those attacks lived in a middle class housing complex in the city and police said the father was the head of a local JAD cell. With her two daughters present, Kuswati hugged a parishioner before detonating her bomb, according to the Associated Press which cited a security guard.

A man looking at burnt-out motorcycles following a bomb blast outside the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church (Surabaya Gereja Pantekosta Pusat) on May 13.

The building is located behind Taman police station in Sidoarjo Regency which is bordered by Surabaya city where three churches were targetted earlier in the day.

Two other churches were targeted as well, but bombs failed to explode at St. Jacob's Church in West Surabaya and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, according to the Post. The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured. Their seven-year-old daughter survived the attack.

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National Police chief Tito Karnavian said: "We have identified the bombers". Officers reportedly found the father of the family in the house holding a detonator and shot him.

A Surabaya police spokesman said police arrested 13 suspects over the two suicide bombings carried out by two families, after conducting raids in Surabaya and its neighbouring cities of Malang and Pasuruan.

IS claimed responsibility for the church bombings in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.

The attacks come days after terrorist Islamist prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force during a 36-hour standoff at a high security jail on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Al-Qaeda has carried out the deadliest attacks in Indonesia, killing more than 200 people on the island of Bali in 2002.

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