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Surabaya Bombings: What We Know So Far


Surabaya Bombings: What We Know So Far

Sunday morning saw the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia in a decade…

And they were perpetrated by a single family.

A family with 4 children, aged between 9-18, set off 3 bombs at 3 separate churches, minutes within each other. 13 people were killed.

Then, at 8.50am Monday morning, a fresh attack on the Police Station in Surabaya occurred. At least 10 people have been injured, including 4 policemen. According to the Guardian, initial reports suggest 7 people have died.

We have decided to include footage of the bombings within the article, but ask that you watch at your own discretion.

Below CCTV footage of the explosion this morning. It shows two people on a bike arriving at the Surabaya Police Station entrance this morning, and the resulting detonation.

This comes after the synchronized targetting of churches in Surabaya on Sunday that left 13 people dead.

Below is CCTV footage taken from one of the church explosions yesterday, perpetrated by the two sons, and the resulting panic. Again, viewer discretion is advised.

According to CNBC:

“National police chief Tito Karnavian said that the father exploded a car bomb, two sons aged 18 and 16 used a motorcycle for their attack, and the mother was with her two young daughters for her attack. The woman and the two girls were all wearing explosives”

Tito Karnavian has also confirmed that the family had recently returned from Syria and that the father, Dita Futrianto, was head of the Surabaya cell of Jeremiah Anshrout Daulah, the Indonesian militant network affiliated with IS.

This is one of the largest terrorist attacks in Indonesia since the Bali bombings in 2002 where over 100 people died, mostly foreign tourists. Since then, the terror network responsible has been largely suppressed. However, IS pose a new threat to Indonesian security.

Military experts are saying that the more than 1,100 Indonesian’s returning from Syria could be ready to begin new operations within Indonesia

The involvement of children in Surabaya is uniquely distressing and has sent shockwaves throughout Indonesia. With Indonesia’s largest Muslim organizations – Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah – condemning the attacks in the strongest possible terms, it is proof that these are the actions and sentiments of a small few.

But indeed, all it takes for terrorism to work is a small group. Or even a single family.

Sources: Al Jazeera | CNBC | The Guardian | Jakarta Globe | Jakarta Post

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