Four children become orphans in Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings

A Muslim woman weeps during the wake for Sri Pudji Astutik one of the victims of Sunday's church attacks at a funeral home in Surabaya East Java Indonesia Monday

A Muslim woman weeps during the wake for Sri Pudji Astutik one of the victims of Sunday's church attacks at a funeral home in Surabaya East Java Indonesia Monday

An Indonesian family brought its 7-year-old daughter to a suicide bomb attack it launched Monday on the police headquarters in the country's second-largest city, authorities said, a day after members of another family conducted coordinated suicide bombings on three city churches that killed 12 people.

The family's father exploded a vehicle bomb, while the mother was with their two daughters aged nine and 12 and two sons aged 18 and 16 used a motorbike in an attack on another church, police said. The four perpetrators on two motorbikes died after driving into the building gateway and detonating explosives, according to police, who said an 8-year-old girl on one of the motorcycles was thrown from the vehicle but survived. CNN reported that four police officers and six civilians were injured in the attack, which also killed four attackers.

At least ten people were killed and dozens injured. Two girls aged nine and 12 were among those who blew themselves up.

The Islamic State (known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the church attacks.

One the same day, the family's two teenage sons, 16 and 18, drove their motorcycles to the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where they carried out similar attacks.

Jemaah Islamiyah, the network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with USA and Australian support.

Family members pray during the wake for Marta Djumani one of the victims of Sunday's church attacks at a funeral home in Surabaya East Java Indonesia Monday
Four children become orphans in Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings

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

The bombings, the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, also wounded 40 people.

However, hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside the militant group there.

"ISIS is still a very, very real threat and I want to say how much we condemn the shocking terrorist attacks in Surabaya", he told reporters on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement saying he was "appalled" at reports that children were used in Sunday's attacks.




Recommended News

  • Jets look to go up 2-0 against Golden Knights

    Jets look to go up 2-0 against Golden Knights

    Vegas became the first team other than Nashville to beat the Jets in Bell MTS Place since the Los Angeles Kings on February 20. Monday's effort in Game Two of the best-of-seven series will have only enhanced his claims.
    Gina Haspel Nominated as CIA Director

    Gina Haspel Nominated as CIA Director

    Trump". "Given the nature of CIA's mission, most of her achievements can not be shared publicly", her supporters wrote . John McCain , who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination .
    JD Martinez homer helps Red Sox salvage finale vs. Yankees

    JD Martinez homer helps Red Sox salvage finale vs. Yankees

    Louis Cardinals are now top dogs following a weekend sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs . "Definitely huge", Martinez said. After Martinez homered, Kelly created more trouble with a leadoff walk and two-out single in the bottom of the frame.
  • Guardiola delighted as City reach 100 points

    Guardiola delighted as City reach 100 points

    Below, Goal takes a look at all of the records that Pep Guardiola's men have broken during a truly remarkable campaign. In the middle of the park, Fernandinho will assume duties as the defensive anchor to shield the back four.
    Liverpool's Salah named Premier League Player of the Season

    Liverpool's Salah named Premier League Player of the Season

    I had [Mohamed] Elneny but sold him. "I would say 76 is obviously a bigger number than 75, but they are both big numbers". The Reds will welcome Chris Hughton's side to Anfield in their final Premier League fixture of the 2017-18 season.
    BoE: Mixed messages - Deutsche Bank

    BoE: Mixed messages - Deutsche Bank

    Policy makers also acknowledge that interest rates are still low enough to stoke growth and that the economy risks overheating. Export growth and investment should be particularly important drivers of growth, aided by the weak pound, the Bank believes.
  • Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition

    Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition

    The Slovenian-born first lady last week rolled out an agenda for her White House work focused on helping children . He got out of the helicopter and climbed into an SUV, waving to reporters but declining to speak.
    Players Championship: Webb Simpson leads by five at TPC Sawgrass

    Players Championship: Webb Simpson leads by five at TPC Sawgrass

    Australia's Jason Day was unable to reel in Simpson but a 71 left the 2016 champion at TPC Sawgrass sharing fourth at nine under. With a 19-under total of 197, former US Open victor Simpson matched Norman's 1994 effort.
    Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

    Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

    Woods won seven of those events, Mickelson two, with Tiger holding a 69.66 to 69.88 scoring edge, as per Woods' official site . Another bogey on the 15 and a second birdie on 16 kept him at one under par . "I knew this was going to be an issue.
  • Antonio Conte fires fresh Mourinho dig as he hints at Chelsea exit

    Antonio Conte fires fresh Mourinho dig as he hints at Chelsea exit

    Barkley is involved for the first time since late January and is joined in central midfield by N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko. Jamaal Lascelles (7/10): Marshalled the defence with some key interceptions and a couple of well-timed challenges.
    'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts to $76 Million Opening in China

    'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts to $76 Million Opening in China

    Epic Games has updated Fortnite once again, making changes to the limited time event mode, Avengers: Infinity War . In fact, the directors revealed that Peter Parker's aunt, May Parker, actually survived the fateful finger snap.
    SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

    SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

    The satellite is expected to bring Ku-band coverage to Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal in addition to surrounding countries. The new rocket is SpaceX's latest innovation to increase the reusability of its launching system.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.