Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

  • Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

Police said the father detonated a auto bomb; the two sons, ages 16 and 18, reportedly used motorcycles rigged to explode; and the mother and two daughters, ages 9 and 12, wore explosives on their bodies, the BBC reported.

At least four children belonging to two of the three families behind the string of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, East Java, on Sunday (May 13) and Monday, became orphans after their parents were killed in the explosions.

The church attacks came days after police ended a hostage-taking by imprisoned Islamic militants at a detention center near Jakarta in which six officers and three inmates died.

Indonesia has a long history with terrorist groups, particularly the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jemaah Islamiyah, which claimed responsibility for 11 attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings that left more than 200 people dead and hundreds injured, many of them tourists. Two girls aged nine and 12 were among those who blew themselves up.

Karnavian said Futrianto drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the city's Pentecostal church.

One the same day, the family's two teenage sons, 16 and 18, drove their motorcycles to the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where they carried out similar attacks.

Indonesia has been on high alert for attacks by homegrown militants, including some claimed by ISIS.

The government may offer more support to Indonesia, in the wake of the bombings. Based on their remains, Karnavian said the mother and daughters were all wearing explosives around their waists. The church attacks were the largest since Christmas Eve 2000, when more than 30 churches in eight cities were bombed simultaneously.

"In Syria, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has used children several times in their attacks", Gen Tito told reporters in the press conference.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said the Egyptian people and government stood with their Indonesian counterparts against the terrorist attacks that had targeted the government over the past 48 hours.