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Indonesia church attacks: Family of bombers 'had been to Syria'

IANS  |  Jakarta 

A family of six, who carried out three church bombings in killing 13 persons, had returned from Syria, police said.

The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that took place on Sunday, the reported.

A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others in Indonesia's second city,

said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, (JAD).

The police said the family were among hundreds of Indonesians, who had returned from Syria, where IS has been fighting government forces, the reported.

No details were given about the family's alleged involvement in that conflict.

The bombings are the deadliest in in more than a decade, and also left more than 40 people injured.

Visiting the scene of one of the attacks, described them as "barbaric", adding that he had ordered police to "look into and break up networks of perpetrators".

The police identified the father as Dita Oepriarto, saying he was the of a JAD cell in the area. He reportedly dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters -- aged nine and 12 -- at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, where they blew themselves up.

He then drove off, launching his own into the grounds of Centre Pentecostal Church, the 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 7.30 a.m. The other two attacks followed five minutes apart, the police said.

Later on Sunday, another bomb exploded at an apartment complex in Surabaya, killing three persons. chief, Mahfud Arifin, said that those killed were the perpetrators, not victims.

It is not yet known if this bombing was connected to the other attacks.

Officials reportedly foiled attacks against other churches, too. Also on Sunday, police said they killed four suspected members of JAD in Cianjur, in province, and arrested two others.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 08:42 IST