Three churches were bombed in Indonesia, coincidentally the country with the largest Muslim population.
Breaking: 3 bombs have exploded at 3 different churches in Surabaya, Indonesia. At least 2 people were killed in the attacks. pic.twitter.com/bNr6WJ94n0— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 13, 2018
BREAKING: Indonesian media: 3 bomb attacks hit three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd largest city; 2 killed— The Associated Press (@AP) May 13, 2018
BREAKING: Local reports of explosions at three locations in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. A police spokesman has confirmed "there were deaths and injuries," with numbers unconfirmed at this stage. Updates to come. #7News pic.twitter.com/n2LPuS4GWr— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) May 13, 2018
Church bombing in Surabaya:— Hayat Indriyatno (@HayatIndriyatno) May 13, 2018
- Eyewitness says perpetrators were 3 women wearing vests.
- There were two explosions 5 minutes apart.
- At least one of the women was reported to have survived.
There was bombing spotted to 3 local churches in Surabaya, Indonesia at 07.30 am this morning during Sunday service.— Andy Hartoyo (@Andysbt) May 13, 2018
At least 2 police officers and 13 civiliants wounded. @persecutionnews #bomb #terrorism #surabaya pic.twitter.com/n92dzL5xdG
More from AFP:
At least two people were killed and 13 others injured in bomb attacks, including a suicide blast, targeting churches in Indonesia’s second biggest city Surabaya, police said Sunday, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
“There have been three attacks at three churches,” East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.
The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7.30 am (0030 GMT).
Police have only given details of one attack on Santa Maria Catholic Church and there have not yet been any claims of responsibility.
“We have confirmed one died at the scene, one died at the hospital, two police officers were injured and there are some civilians injured,” Mangera said.
“In total 13 people are being treated at the hospital.”
Indonesia is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance.
Extremists have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities in recent years.
Horrific. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are terrorized by those possessed by evil.