At least nine dead in Indonesia attacks

At least nine dead in Indonesia attacks

At least nine dead in Indonesia attacks

Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least two people and wounding more than a dozen others, police and media reported.

According to the representative of police of East Java by Frans Barunga mangery the first explosion took place in Surabaya, near the Catholic Church of St. Mary at 7 am (3:00 Kiev time).

Three more people were wounded in a third attack, Mangera said.

Recall, may 13, in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, East Java province, during the morning Sunday bombings of three churches.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for that incident although police rejected its involvement. Authorities were also investigating whether there was an explosion at a fourth church.

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.

Television footage showed one church engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up.

In recent years the country has faced a new threat as the rise of the Islamic State group in the Middle East invigorated local militant networks. The suicide bomber also died.

A few minutes later the second explosion occurred in a Protestant Church in Jalan Diponegoro (Diponegoro Jalan) - two known victims. 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.

Indonesia has had some major successes tackling militancy inspired by al Qaeda's attacks on the United States in 2001.

This a developing story and will be updated.

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