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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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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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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.

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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.


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