Jihadists typically see the Ramadan season as a time in which Allah looks upon terrorist attacks with particular favor. At least one fatality was confirmed, but initial reports said at least seven people were dead, including four of the attackers, and that 10 people were injured, including four policemen. Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliated network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A wave of deadly bombings Sunday and Monday and evidence of more planned have shaken Indonesia just before the holy month of Ramadan, with entire families - including children - carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshipers and the police.
"Two people were riding (on the motorcycle) and a woman was sitting at the back". Three suicide blasts were committed by one family - a husband, wife and four children - against three churches in the town.
The bomb that exploded on Sunday night in an apartment killed three members of a family who police said may have been planning an attack and had connections with Oepriarto.
IS claimed responsibility for the church bombings in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. The top security minister, Wiranto, who uses one name, said the government will attempt to hasten passage of an updated anti-terrorism law that has languished in parliament. That explosion appeared to have been an accidental detonation that killed a mother and her 17-year-old child who was not identified. Pipe bombs were found.
Indonesian police have foiled numerous terror plots, but the coordinated nature of Sunday's church bombings and the subsequent blasts point to more sophisticated planning than in the past, analysts said.
Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said six civilians and four police officers were wounded in the explosion at the police complex in Surabaya. Abuza questioned the police suggestion that the attacks were ordered by the IS leadership overseas but said it would likely boost its presence in Southeast Asia as it fades elsewhere. "There is definitely a growing technical proficiency", said Zachary Abuza, Southeast Asian security expert at the National War College in Washington.