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At Least 9 Killed in Church Explosions in Indonesia

At Least 9 Killed in Church Explosions in Indonesiaā€¯

Police have only given details of one attack on Santa Maria Catholic Church.

The St. Maria explosion killed four people and two people were killed at each of the other two churches, the spokesman said.

"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.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority country, has been hit by a string of attacks by Islamist militants since 2000.

This is a developing story.

The attacks came just days after five members of Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism squad 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.

Another two people died in a third attack at the city's Pantekosta Church, Mr Mangera said. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

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Indonesian television showed debris scattered around the entrance of one of the churches and police closing off certain areas as crowds began to gather.

The series of attacks on churches in Indonesia were suspected to be carried out by the Daesh-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a spokesman for the country's intelligence agency said.

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.

A senior police official said the bombings were carried out by at least five suicide bombers, including a veiled woman who had two children with her.

A gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta left four attackers and four civilians dead in 2016, and was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia.

As of 10.30 a.m., police reported that at least nine people had been killed, while at least 40 had been injured in the attacks.



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