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.
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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.