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Indonesia orders investigation after single family bombs three churches

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SURABAYA — Indonesia’s President has ordered a full investigation into the roots of the organisation blamed for three church bombings in the nation’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, on Sunday, killing at least 13 people.

Six members from the single family, including an eight-year-old girl, blew themselves up in coordinated suicide attacks, which left 13 dead and dozens more injured.

Their father, 46-year-old Dita Oepriarto, dropped his wife, 42-year-old Puji Kuswati, and two girls aged 12 and 8 to one church, before driving a car packed with explosives to another, and blowing it up.

At another church across town, the couple’s two sons, aged 17 and 15, rode an explosive-laden motor scooter into a crowd and set it off.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo toured the bomb sites, describing the act as “barbaric and inhumane”.

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“It’s against our religious values, the precious values of God and diversity. No words can describe how deep our condolences are for the fallen victims.”

“I ask all people to join together in the fight against terrorism and radicalism,” he said.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.However, it didn’t mention anything about families or children taking part and said there were only three attackers.

National police chief Tito Karnavian said the family had returned to Indonesia from Syria, where until recently IS controlled significant territory.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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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.

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“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.

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