SURABAYA — A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated himself at police headquarters in Surabaya on Monday, killing at least seven people and injuring several Indonesian police outside a police building, a day after Islamist militants launched suicide attacks on churches in the country’s second largest city, local media reported.
The blast occurred at 8.50 am (0150 GMT) at checkpoint outside the building. CCTV footage shown on Indonesian television showed a motorbike arriving at a checkpoint next to a car and exploding as officers approached it.
Police suspect the new attacks are also by extremists linked to the Jemaah Ansurat Daulah group.
The Jakarta Post reported that at least seven people were killed in the explosion. The attacker had a woman on the backseat of his two-wheeler.
“Clearly it’s a suicide bombing,” East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told a media briefing.
“We can’t be open all details yet because we are still identifying victims at the scene and the crime scene is being handled.”
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in a press conference shortly after the attack, said he would issue a ‘perppu’ (an emergency law in lieu of law) for anti-terror measures.
“If Parliament by June do not complete deliberation of the draft anti-terror law that my administration proposed in February 2016, I will issue a perppu,” Mr Joko said.
On Sunday, Islamist militants killed at least 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya.Follow @gorkhapost
32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say
JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.
Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.
Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.
“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.
Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.Follow @gorkhapost