Explosion near an Indonesian church reported


Police later said both attackers were killed instantly and evidence collected at the scene indicated one of them was a woman. Police said the wounded include churchgoers and four security guards, Yahoo News reports.

The family - including two daughters, aged nine and 12 - and another family of five, which carried out the suicide bombing of a police headquarters, all belonged to the same Koran study group and were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

According to the priest, Father Wilhelmus Tulak, a total of ten people were injured, with a parking attendant suffering from burns, as a result of his attempt in trying to stop the suicide bomber. The Islamic State took credit for that attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

"The bike was destroyed and there are body parts", he added.

The incident occurred when Christians in Indonesia were celebrating Palm Sunday, a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday ahead of Easter.

Footage from security camera nearby shows the explosion on a relatively quiet road in front of the church.

"Whatever the motive is, this act isn't justified by any religion because it harms not just one person but others, too", Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Indonesia's Religious Affairs Minister, said in a statement. More than 30 people were killed in that attack.

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"The government has instructed the National Police and the Military to beef up security at worship places and public areas across Indonesia", Mahfud said. "This kind of violence can potentially rip apart the well-established harmony among our societies".

It quoted Makassar Mayor Danny Pomanto as saying that there would have been many more casualties if the attacker had struck at the main entrance.

Indonesian police carry a bag with the remains of a suspected suicide bomber after an explosion outside a church in Makassar on 28 March 2021. "The body was attached to a motorbike, apparently (he) had yet to descend because he was stopped by a church officer".

Nearly while the attacks were occurring police were raiding another part of the island, and arrested four other suspected terrorists. "Terrorism should not be allowed to exist in a country that upholds Pancasila".

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The blast has been condemned by church leaders worldwide.

An Indonesian militant and his wife - members of JAD - were blamed for two explosions that ripped through a Catholic church on the Philippines' Muslim-majority island of Jolo in 2019, killing worshippers at Sunday mass and security forces.

"We suspect that there are two perpetrators who [were] riding a motorbike" Yuwono said.

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