Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

In Surabaya, the family on motorcycles staged the attack

In Surabaya, the family on motorcycles staged the attack

Only yesterday, Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, was rocked by suicide bomb attacks at three churches, killing 13 people and injuring dozens.

An eight-year-old daughter survived the latest attack, police say. The attack killed the four perpetrators.

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.

The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent years but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks. Experts have warned for several years that when those fighters return, they could pose a significant threat.

IS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. Karnavian, however, said earlier police comments that the family had spent time in Syria were incorrect.

It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called the attacks "the act of cowards, undignified and barbaric". "One was wearing black trousers and one with a backpack", said the merchant, Samsia, who uses a single name. The motorcycles, which moved closely together, pulled up alongside a auto and four officers manning opposite sides of the checkpoint.

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Karnavian identified the father as Dita Futrianto and said he was head of the Surabaya cell of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with IS that has been implicated in attacks in Indonesia in the past year. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested. Indonesia was on high alert after bombings on Sunday by a single family targeted three churches in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province. All six members of the family died.

The country's top security minister Wiranto, who goes by one name, said the revised law would allow security authorities to take "pre-emptive" action to stop attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the latest suicide bombing.

The attacks occurred within minutes of each other, according to Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera.

"If he had not stopped the bombers, there would have been more victims (inside the church)", he said.

The first bombing was carried out by the couple's sons, 18 and 16, in the parking lot of the Santa Maria Catholic Church; the second was by the wife, and their two daughters, 12 and 9, at the Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church.

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