Surabaya bombing families studied religious texts together

15 May, 2018, 21:49 | Author: Carlos George
  • A representative office in Surabaya on the horizon for Tourism Malaysia

Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliated network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support.

Further details on the terror suspect would be released after examination by police Disaster Victim Identification unit was done, Frans said.

In one attack, a family forced their eight-year-old daughter to launch a suicide bombing on Surabaya's police headquarters, according to police.

The mother and the daughters, who had bombs strapped to them, attacked the Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church.

"This is the act of cowards, indignified and barbaric", Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on national TV after the attacks.

China said it was opposed to any form of terrorism. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

At least five explosions occurred in Surabaya and Sidoarjo on Sunday and Monday, killing a total of 25 people, including 13 suicide bombers, who were members of three families.

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Speaking on Tuesday, Arifin said the children of the three families had been homeschooled as a way to radicalise and insulate them from outside ideas.

Indonesia has been on high alert for attacks by homegrown militants, including some claimed by ISIS.

On Sunday night, a bomb in the Wonocolo low-priced housing complex in Sidoarjo exploded prematurely, killing a woman and her 17-year-old child, police said.

Tri Murtiono, his wife Tri Ernawati and two of their children - Muhammad Dafa Amin Murdana, Muhamamd Dana Satria Murdana - were killed in the suicide bombing at the Surabaya police headquarters.

Oepriarto blew himself up at Surabaya Center Pentecostal Church, while his two sons killed themselves at Santa Maria Roman Catholic church. It is also hard to detect it by X-ray, making it a popular type of explosives among terrorists.

"According to police, on Sunday morning, "Two young boys aged 16 and 18 rode a motorcycle into a church courtyard and detonated their explosives".

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