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Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bombs Rock Through Sunday Morning Church Services in Surabaya

Bombs Rock Through Sunday Morning Church Services in Surabaya

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Sunday bombings in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya.

The eight were victims of bomb attacks at three different churches in the city on Sunday morning, spokesperson for the East Java Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera said.

The official death toll climbed from an initial two killed and may include those who succumbed to injuries in hospital.

Meanwhile, according to Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the Indonesia's Intelligence Agency, the recent wave of suicide bombings had been carriet out by Daesh-inspired terror group Jemaah Ansharut Daulau, Reuters reported.

Television footage showed one church engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up.

At least one of the attackers was killed when they detonated their bomb at Santa Maria. It was not clear if any other perpetrators were killed or injured.

"Do not believe in misleading information that (the bomb) exploded in five locations or any others", the police spokesman added.

The latest attacks in predominantly Muslim Indonesia came days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention centre near Jakarta that left six officers and three inmates dead.

The attacks may have been carried out by suicide bombers, although none of the terrorist groups has claimed the responsibility of the attacks yet.

Christians, many of whom from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people.

The primary assault was on the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church, which killed two individuals, together with a suspected suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer, and wounded 11, police advised TVOne community.

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