Indonesia was still reeling with the aftermath of the three horrific church attacks which killed 13 people and wounded many more as it saw another attack this morning on a police station which killed 4 so far. On video two motorcycles carrying four suicide bombers can be seen driving up to a police station before detonating themselves.
East Java police spokesman Mr Frans Barung Mangera: “Clearly it’s a suicide bombing.”
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CCTV footage shows two individuals on a motorbike detonating a bomb at the gate of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Surabaya?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Surabaya</a> police station (Mapolrestabes) at 8.50 a.m. this morning, injuring police officers. <a href="https://t.co/UBdurtqT2z">pic.twitter.com/UBdurtqT2z</a></p>— The Jakarta Globe (@thejakartaglobe) <a href="https://twitter.com/thejakartaglobe/status/995860657118445573?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“We can’t open up all details yet because we are still identifying victims at the scene and the crime scene is being handled.”
In a clearly coordinated series of events which are happening in the days leading up to Ramadan, Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya remains tightly gripped in the claws of terrorism.
The country is left to wonder how the violence will be contained as more details emerge about the family who carried out the deadly attacks on Catholic churches yesterday on behalf of ISIS
It would seem that the family of six split themselves up in three different groups to target the three Catholic churches and kill as many as possible. In the first place of worship, the mother and two daughters of the family blew themselves up while the father and two sons targeted the two others churches.
National police chief Tito Karnavian admitted that all members of the family belonged to an IS-inspired network called Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and that they were among the many hundreds of Indonesians who had recently returned from Syria where they had been fighting on behalf of ISIS.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo said the events were nothing short of "barbaric" and asked Surabaya police to "look into and break up networks of perpetrators".