Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said civilians and police were victims of the attack but didn't immediately announce a death or injury toll. It didn't mention anything about families or children taking part and said there were only three attackers.

CCTV footage shows a vehicle and two motorcycles approaching a security checkpoint at the police complex followed by an explosion from one of the motorbikes with at least two people aboard it.

The coordinated attacks killed 18 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 40.

The troubling discovery Monday of a trove of completed bombs in a housing complex outside Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, came a day after members of a single family carried out three attacks against separate churches in the city, killing seven people.

Police suspected Sunday's attacks on the churches were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, an umbrella organisation on a U.S. State Department terrorist list.

The Egyptian foreign ministry also demanded more worldwide efforts to stand against the phenomenon of terrorism that targets security and stability all over the world.

President Joko Widodo branded the attacks in Surabaya the "act of cowards", and pledged to push through a new anti-terrorism bill to combat Islamist militant networks.

Yesterday, members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10.


The mother targeted one church alongside her two daughters, aged nine and 12, while the father and two sons attacked two other churches.

The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in capital Jakarta.

A new threat has emerged in recent years, inspired by IS attacks overseas.

"I want to greet all moms, thanking them for their care of families", he said.

The authorities originally said the family of six were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from conflict-hit Syria but have since said the family did not actually travel there.

Karnavian said the father drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the city's Pentecostal church.

Officials said police, backed by military forces, would increase security across the country. But the fact that children were involved in Sunday's attacks in Surabaya shocked and angered the country. They are threatening civilised nations, they're threatening civilised way of life.

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