Indonesian police kill one, arrest several in Surabaya raids

Glen Norman
May 15, 2018

Pope Francis said a prayer and condoled with Indonesia following a series of church attacks instigated by a family of suicide bombers last Sunday, May 13, in Surabaya.

The group is believed to have included other members besides the three families.

Picture: The reflection of a church struck by suicide bombers is seen in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 14th May. An eight-year-old daughter survived.

Officials have identified Oepriarto as the head of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian IS-inspired network. Another bomb exploded on Sunday evening in Sidoarjo, East Java, which killed three suspected terrorists.

East Java Police have reportedly asked for a helping hand from several psychiatrists to assist the orphaned children in dealing with their psychological trauma. The incidents left 18 people killed including the family of six.

The heroic act of Aloysius Bayu Rendra Wardhana, who stopped motorcycle-riding attackers from entering the Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church and sacrificed his own life in the process, has been widely praised.


Two other churches were targeted as well, but bombs failed to explode at St. Jacob's Church in West Surabaya and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, according to the Post. I saw some bodies torn apart. "A security guard helped carry Nathan to the auto". The law carries a maximum punishment of four years.

A second family bombed Surabaya's police headquarters on Monday. The father was shot by police as he held a detonator.

Their youngest son AAP, who was born in June 2010, survived but injured and now under medical treatment in a police hospital in the city.

Police said Dita Oepriarto had dropped his wife and two daughters, aged twelve and nine, at the Diponegoro Indonesia Christian Church.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the use of children in the attacks was "sickeningly cruel".

"Following the attack, people are more cautious".


Families had been attracted to ISIS' previous calls for foreign Muslims to join the group in Iraq and Syria, as it was sold as a "utopian project".

Speaking on Tuesday, Arifin said the children of the three families had been homeschooled as a way to radicalise and insulate them from outside ideas.

"We hope the child will recover".

It claimed responsibility for 11 attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings that left more than 200 people dead and hundreds injured, many of them tourists.

"D88 quickly exceeded expectations", said Barton from Deakin University.

The first is that by far the greatest number of terror attacks carried out by so-called Islamic extremists occur in Muslim countries.


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