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ISIL sympathizer likely behind church attacks

ISIL sympathizer likely behind church attacks

Media reports said a woman with a younger child and a teenager had just entered one church and was being questioned by security when the bomb exploded.

"The bomb attacks occurred in three locations, namely Santa Maria Tak Bercela Church in Ngagel, GKI (Indonesian Christian Church) in Diponegoro Street, and a church in Arjuna Street", spokesman for the East Java Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera said.

As Indonesia is mostly Muslim-majority country is facing resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.

This is a developing story.

The attacks come several days after five Indonesian police officers and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Officers walk past debris at Santa Maria church after the explosion in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on May 13, 2018.

One person died in a hospital, bringing the death toll to eight, police said.

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Members of police bomb squad inspect wreckage of motorcycles at the site where an explosion went off outside a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

There have not yet been any claims of responsibility.

Wawan Purwanto, communication director at Indonesia's intelligence agency said Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) was believed to be behind the bombings.

The attacks may have been carried out by suicide bombers, although none of the terrorist groups has claimed the responsibility of the attacks yet.

Minorities targeted by extremists: Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country, but it is also home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

This is an ongoing part of life in Indonesia. "We have identified one victim", he said.

The attack on a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices left around 20 others injured.

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