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Radical Muslim Suicide Bombers Attack Churches, Police In Indonesia

Radical Muslims launched a terror attack in East Java, Indonesia, assaulting three churches and killing at least a dozen innocent civilians.

The attack took place on Sunday, May 14, when a family of suicide bombers associated with the Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a terror cell with ties to ISIS and Al Qaeda, entered three churches and detonated explosive devices within a very short time of one another, according to Morning Star News.

The Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, and Santa Maria Catholic Church were targeted by the leader of a JAD, his two sons, and his wife, who took their two young daughters into the third church. They both perished in the explosion.

According to the local police, two other churches were targeted, but the bombs failed to detonate.

Another explosive device detonated prematurely, killing a woman and her teenage son in a Sidoarjo low-income housing district. The police located the bomber and killed him during a stand-off.

Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks.

On Monday, a separate attack by alleged members of JAD took place. The perpetuators crashed motorcycles into a nearby police station, detonating bombs. Though only the terrorists died, an eight-year-old girl was wounded along with at least ten police officers.

The combined death tolls of the attacks came to at least a dozen innocent civilians dead and another 40 seriously injured.

The police told the local media that they killed four suspected members of JAD during a raid and arrested two others.

According to Morning Star News, this is the fifth largest attack in Indonesia launched by Islamic State since 2016.

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