Islamic State group claims deadly Indonesia church attacks

The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other police said

All six family members died in the bombings, including two children ages 9 and 12, police said.

Kuswati, with her two daughters, attacked the Christian Church of Diponegoro, he said.

Separately, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said police fatally shot four suspected militants and arrested two others early Sunday in West Java towns.

At least one of the attackers was killed when they detonated their bomb at Santa Maria.

Police say the family were among 500 Islamic State sympathizers who'd returned from Syria.

The Islamic State group was responsible for the attacks, it said via its propaganda agency Amaq.

"We are angry", said Gormar Gultom, an official with the association, but urged people to let the police investigation take its course.

In line with Karnavian's chronology of occasions, which does not line up with the sequence Mangera beforehand supplied to the state-run Antara news agency, the daddy, recognized as Dita Sopriyanto, drove a van to the Indonesian Christian Church and dropped off spouse Puji Kuswat and their 9- and 12-year-old daughters.

"MFA and the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta have reached out to Singaporeans who are e-registered in Surabaya to ascertain their safety", the statement said, adding that there have been no reports so far of Singaporeans directly affected or injured by the bomb blasts.

"The husband drove the vehicle, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church", Barung Mangera told reporters at the regional police headquarters in Surabaya.

Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia's second city of Surabaya, the BBC reported Indonesian police as saying. According to CCTV footage, the bomb at that church went off at 7:08 a.m. (8:08 p.m. ET Saturday).

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Police have closed all three locations as they investigate. On the household's residence, investigators discovered three plastic packing containers containing pipe bombs, Surabaya police Grand Commissioner Rudi Setiawan stated.

"Then I heard the second explosion", he said.

The investigators also found "black powder" at the homes, and officers seized books and documents from the house, Setiawan said.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the assaults throughout his weekly Sunday viewers in St Peter's Sq.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Masudi condemned the attacks, writing on Twitter: "We will not back down in the fight against terrorism".

The world's most populous Muslim country, Indonesia has long struggled with homegrown Islamic terrorist organizations, particularly the al-Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo flew into the city to assess the latest conditions of the ground zero, as well as visit the bomb attack victims in hospitals.

About 90% of Indonesians are Muslims, but in country re are also considerable communities of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists. More than 82% of its roughly 261 million people follow Islam. Virtually 10% of the inhabitants is Christian.

A string of suicide bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya has left 13 dead and dozens injured.

The bombings were the worst to target churches in Indonesia since a series of attacks on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded almost 100.

In 2016, ISIS stated it carried out a suicide bombing and shooting near a Starbucks in Jakarta.

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