13 May 2018
Writer: Azizullah Popal

Indonesia Links Church Attacks to Local ISIL-Inspired Group

At least nine people have been killed and 38 others wounded in explosions at three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya.
A spokesperson for the country’s intelligence agency said Sunday’s bombings were suspected to have be carried out by the ISIL-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the agency, also told Metro TV that the attacks were likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta involving suspected members of the group last week.
Asked who he thought were the brains behind the attacks, Purwano said, “Still the old group, JAD, who has planned this for sometime.”
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen, reporting from Jakarta, said it was the first time in a decade that a coordinated attack of this size occurred in Indonesia.
“It’s quite a chaotic situation. There was a huge fire in front of one of the churches. Graphic images are coming from there with lots of people wounded, lots of damage has been done.
“Children are believed to be among the dead,” Vaessen added.



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