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Indonesian church attacks kill nine, dozens wounded



A wave of explosions including a suicide attack hit the churches in Indonesia Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens of others, police said, the recent attack on a religious minority in the largest Muslim country in the world. [1

96592002] Indonesia, which will be celebrating the holy month of fasting Ramadan this week, was on high alert for attacks by militants, including several incidents demanded by the Islamic State group.

Nobody has taken responsibility for Sunday's bombings in Indonesia (19659004) "Nine people are dead and 40 are in hospital," East Balkan police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters, adding two Policemen were among the injured.

The official death toll rose from an initial two killed and may include those who succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

Three different locations were hit by the bombing around 07:30 (0030 GMT).

Pictures of a scene showed a bod y In front of the gate of the Catholic Church of Santa Maria and the bombing troops of Indonesia, which are brooding over the rubble.

At least one of the attackers was killed when he detonated his bomb in Santa Maria. It was not clear if other offenders were among those killed or injured.

"I was scared … many people were screaming," said the 23-year-old witness Roman to AFP after the explosion in the church of Santa Maria.

The attacks occurred several days after the five Indonesian police and anInsace in clashes in a high security jail on the Yakarta City border

The Islamic State (IS) took responsibility for the incident, although the police rejected their involvement

The 260 million people in Southeast Asia live in a considerable number of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, but there are fears about increasing intolerance and militancy.

The Indonesian police shot and wounded a man who attacked a parish in Sleman town with a sword during a Sunday Mass in February

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The archipelago o nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy and suffered a series of attacks over the past 15 years – including the bombings of Bali in 2002, involving 202 people, most notably foreign tourists killed in the country's worst terrorist attack. 19659017] Sustainable action has weakened the most dangerous networks, but the emergence of IS has proven to be a new call for radicals.

Hundreds of Indonesians poured into the fight against ISIS, sparking fears that extremists could have a new life

A firearms and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta left four invaders and four civilians in January 2016 and was the first Attack of the IS in Southeast Asia

The attack on a quarter full of shopping malls, embassies and United Nations offices left behind some 20 more injured.

Former incidents included a 2004 suicide car bomb that killed 10 people in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta In the center of Sulawesi in Tentena and a suicide bombing in 2005 that killed 20 people in Bali.

Seven people were killed, six of them foreigners and more than 40 were injured when suicide bombers attacked the luxurious Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta in July 2009.

Indonesia was on high alert due to attacks by militants [19659020] Three different locations were hit by the bombing around 7:30 pm (0030 GMT)

The deadly explosions all joined within 10 minutes of each other, police said

Extremists have had a number of attacks in recent years committed against Christians and other minorities


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