Three families behind ISIS-inspired bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya

Sergio Conner
May 15, 2018

Ambulances and the bomb squad descended on the chaotic scene as the 10 injured people included six civilians and four police men. The newspaper reported that 12 worshippers died in the church attacks.

Islamic State has said it was behind the bombings, which were the worst since a series of attacks on churches on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded almost 100. Security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown that smashed some networks, and most recent attacks have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces.

Police have confirmed that three families were separately behind a series of blasts that struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens in the deadliest attack for years in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

At another church across town, the couple's two sons, aged 17 and 15, rode an explosive-laden motor scooter into a crowd and set it off. "One of them was a little kid", national police chief Tito Karnavian said. "This is one family".

The girl was with two other adult attackers on a motorcycle and was thrown out of the moving vehicle but survived, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.

The children were probably led to their deaths without a full awareness of their fate, said Ade Banani, of the University of Indonesia's research centre of police science and terrorism studies.

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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 leader, Aman Abdurrahman, was scheduled to appear at a court hearing last week, but it was postponed after a deadly riot broke out at the jail where Aman is being held in Depok, West Java, according to a report in the Jakarta Post.

Correction: The name of the father in the church suicide bombings has been updated following further information from police.

"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.

Police have raided several locations and found more bombs. The inmates include members of Jamaah Ansharut Dauluh, or JAD.

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