Four children become orphans in Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings

A representative office in Surabaya on the horizon for Tourism Malaysia

A representative office in Surabaya on the horizon for Tourism Malaysia

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.




"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.

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