Four children become orphans in Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings


A spate of deadly, ISIS-inspired bombings that rocked Indonesia's second-largest city in 24 hours were carried out by three families - including their young children - who targeted churches and the police, authorities said.

Police say a family of suicide bombers is responsible for another terrorist attack in Indonesia. Eight-year-old child who was with them, was thrown by the explosion, and he survived. The police said that at least six officers and four civilians had been injured.

The attack occurred a day after in the same city suicide bombers blew themselves up in three different churches.

Indonesia's deadliest terror attack took place in Bali in 2002, when 202 people, many of whom were foreigners, were killed in an explosion in the island's popular nightclub district.

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. "One of them was a little kid", national police chief Tito Karnavian said.

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"Two people were riding (on the motorcycle) and a woman was sitting at the back".

The organization is known as the main supporter of the Islamic State militant group in Indonesia.

Despite Indonesia's crackdown on militants since the Bali bombings, the country has faced a new threat in recent years as the rise of IS in the Middle East invigorated local networks.

Police clashed with rioting inmates at the facility near Jakarta last Tuesday. "We must tighten security", he said. Through his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, Secreatry General Antonio Guterres said that he was "appalled at reports that children were used to participate in the attacks", and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. Jihadists typically see the Ramadan season as a time in which Allah looks upon terrorist attacks with particular favor.

The statement issued Sunday offered condolences to the families of victims and said the United Nations stands by Indonesia's efforts to fight extremism and prevent terrorism.