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Indonesia: More explosions in Surabaya after church attacks

Family of five on motorcycles detonate bombs outside police station in Indonesian city, child survives, officials say.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack outside a police building in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya.

The attack on Monday wounded at least ten people, and came a day after a wave of deadly attacks on three churches killed at least 13 people. 

ISIL, via the Amaq news agency, said it carried out the spate of bombings.

Tito Karnavian, Indonesia's police chief, said that the suicide attack outside Surabaya's police headquarters in the centre of the city was carried out by a family of five, including an eight-year-old girl, who survived the attack. 

CCTV footage showed two motorcycles approaching the gate of the police station before the explosion took place. 

"There were five people on two motorbikes. One of them was a little kid," Karnavian said. "This is one family."

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's president condemned the latest bombing, calling it "cowardly, undignified and inhumane". 

"There will be no compromise in taking action on the ground to stop terrorism," he told reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, on Monday.

'High alert'

Earlier in the day, a couple and a child were killed in their apartment when home-made bombs accidentally exploded in Sidoarjo, about 30km from Surabaya.

At least 23 people have now died, including the attackers, and dozens more injured in the Southeast Asian nation in the past 24 hours.

The fifth and latest bomb blast comes after separate suicide attacks by one family on three churches sent shockwaves across Surabaya, about 800km west of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

A spokesperson for the country's intelligence agency said Sunday's bombings were suspected to have been carried out by an ISIL-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Police have raided several locations and found more bombs. 

Prison riot

Christians are a minority group in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Church communities have called for action against those responsible for the recent attacks.

Indonesia has seen resurgence in violence in recent years after hundreds of people left for Syria and Iraq to join ISIL, also known as ISIS.

The latest attacks come days after inmates at a prison in Jakarta killed six counter-terrorism officers during a riot. The prisoners were suspected to be supporters of ISIL.

Indonesian police believe the attacks in Surabaya are a reaction to what happened at the Jakarta prison, with instructions coming from the ISIL leadership.

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto has vowed to step up security across the country. 

"The president has commanded that police, helped by TNI (the armed forces), to exert all power to secure the nation," he told reporters on Monday. 


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