Bomb attacks occur at three Surabaya churches


At least six people were killed and dozens more injured in a wave of blasts including a suicide bombing outside churches in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Sunday, police said, tripling the initial death toll.

Nine people have been killed following an attack on three churches by suicide bombers on Sunday, reported the BBC. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but religious violence and tensions have been rising throughout this predominantly Muslim country.

A little bit more about that first attack.

Police experts disarmed bombs at the Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya (Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church).

Islamic State-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) is suspected to behind this attack, said Indonesia's intelligence agency. The Islamic State group has claimed accountability.

Television images showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Wawan Purwanto also told local journalists that the assaults could be linked to a deadly hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta last week that has also involved alleged Islamist militants.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority country, has been hit by a string of attacks by Islamist militants since 2000. "I saw dead bodies and people injured", she said.

The blasts came four days after inmates killed five police officers during a revolt at a police detention center near Jakarta. In the recent years, extremists have targeted Christians and other minorities through a series of attacks.

The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured.