Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

At least two killed, 13 injured in blast at a church

At least two killed, 13 injured in blast at a church

Three bombs exploded at churches in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead, according to media reports.

The East Java Police said there were blasts in at least three churches on Sunday morning.

Note that the deadly explosions all reportedly occurred within 10 minutes of each other with the first explosion reportedly at 7.30 am local time (00:30 GMT).

"There is one location where we can't enter yet", Mangera told reporters near the scene of one of the bombings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

The blasts came four days after inmates killed five police officers during a revolt at a police detention centre near Jakarta.

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The Southeast Asian nation's 260 million people includes significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance.

- February 2018: A radical Islamist who wanted to fight with the ISIS group in Syria injures four people with a sword in an attack during Sunday mass in Sleman town in Java.

The world's largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia has witnessed a recent increase in homegrown militancy, with police routinely stationed at churches to guard against terror strikes.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by Al Qaeda-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people.

He did not say whether one of the bodies belonged to the suspected suicide bomber.

Seven people were killed, six of them foreigners, and more than 40 were injured when suicide bombers targeted the luxury Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta in July 2009.

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