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7 killed, several officers injured in blast at police headquarters in Indonesia’s Surabaya

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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.

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“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.

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167 people killed in India monsoon floods

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NEW DELHI — At least 167 people have been killed and more than one lakh people forced to live in relief camps across the Indian state of Kerala after monsoon floods badly hit the state.

While torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslips have cut off vast swathes of land in the state, the Kochi International Airport has been shut till Aug 26 and Southern Railway and Kochi Metro have suspended their operations.

Tens of thousands of people in the state have been stranded by extensive flooding as the death toll from the torrential monsoon continues to climb, according to officials.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said 167 people have died in the state — more than 100 of them in the last 36 hours — and issued a fresh rain alert for the battered state.

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Rescue efforts have been progressing on a war footing and Mr Vijayan’s office said he had spoken to PM Modi again this morning. Four aircraft and three Coast Guard ships have been brought in to rescue people marooned in areas cut off by vast stretches of water.

The state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Twitter that 25 boats with members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were sent to Pathanamthitta, central Kerala, and all the boats, including fishing boats, would be used to expedite rescue operations in flooded areas.

he further warned of a grimmer situation as more rain has been forecast till Saturday. “The Centre has sanctioned more men and material,” Vijayan said after a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Central leaders.

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