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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.