Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Three families behind ISIS-inspired bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya

Three families behind ISIS-inspired bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya

Egypt condemned on Monday the terrorist attack in Indonesia that targeted a police station and said it wished a speedy recovery for the injured, the foreign ministry announced. Three suicide blasts were committed by one family - a husband, wife and four children - against three churches in the town.

The coordinated attacks killed 18 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 40.

In another incident in Sidoarjo, south of Surabaya, police recovered pipe bombs at an apartment where an explosion killed three members of a family alleged to have been making bombs, Karnavian said.

And on Monday morning, a family of five riding on two motorcycles detonated a bomb at the entrance of the Surabaya police headquarters - killing all but one of them and injuring four police officers.

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Earlier, police said his family was among 500 Islamic State sympathisers who had returned from Syria, but the police chief said that was incorrect. The blast came just hours after police said one family, including girls aged nine and 12, had carried out the church bombings.

"A martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive-laden motorcycle hit the gate of an Indonesian police headquarters", IS's official Amaq agency reported, according to SITE.

"There will be no compromise in taking action on the ground to stop terrorism", Widodo said.

"The first wave was linked to Al Qaeda from 2001 and were involved in the Bali attacks", he said. "The children probably don't know what's going on or don't understand".

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The spate of bombings has rocked Indonesia, with the ISIS claiming the church attacks and raising fears about its influence in Southeast Asia as its dreams of a Middle Eastern caliphate fizzle.

Jakarta police placed the capital and surrounding areas on high alert, while the transportation ministry warned airports to be on guard.

Use of children: The latest attack comprised similar characteristics to Sunday's church attacks, in that each were carried out by a single family, and in both bombings, young children made up part of the suicide squad. However, hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside IS there.

A video posted on social media showed the girl staggering near the scene of the attack before she was picked up by a bystander and carried to safety.

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