'Mother of Satan' explosives used in Surabaya church bombings

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Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia's second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade.

The suicide bombers who attacked three churches in Indonesia were a family of six that included a nine-year-old girl.

Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said six civilians and four police officers were wounded in the explosion at the police complex in Surabaya.

Police also reported that Sunday evening, a mother and her teenage daughter were killed in a Surabaya suburb when a bomb being handled by the family's father prematurely went off, CNN reported.

At least 11 people died in the attacks in Surabaya on Sunday and more than 40 were injured.

The father, identified by police as Dita Oepriarto, was said to have driven his wife Puji Kuswat and their two daughters, aged 9 and 12, to the Indonesian Christian Church.

Oepriarto then drove the van to the Pentecostal Central Church, where, from inside the vehicle, he detonated another bomb, police said.

The sons rode a motorcycle onto the grounds of the Santa Maria Church and detonated their explosives there.

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Karnavian said the family had returned to Indonesia from Syria, where until recently the Islamic State group controlled significant territory. "When we searched the flat we found pipe bombs, similar to pipe bombs we found near the churches", said Karnavian.

Despite Indonesia's crackdown on militants since the Bali bombings, the country has faced a new threat in recent years as the rise of IS in the Middle East invigorated local networks.

ISIS has claimed guilt for the attacks, reports The Jakarta Post.

The group has also claimed responsibility for the riot at the National Police's Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java, which led to the deaths of five members of the police's elite counter-terrorism squad, Densus 88, and a 36-hour standoff between terror inmates and security forces.

Police said they arrived after the explosion and shot dead the injured man, Anton Febrianto, as he held a bomb detonator in his hand.

On the eve of Ramadan, there are fears of further attacks.

The statement issued Sunday offered condolences to the families of victims and said the United Nations stands by Indonesia's efforts to fight extremism and prevent terrorism.

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