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”.
“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.
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.