At least two dead, 13 injured in Indonesia church attacks

At least two dead, 13 injured in Indonesia church attacks

Bombings at three churches killed at least five people and injured many others in Surabaya, Indonesia's East Java province during Sunday mass on May 13.

Also targeted was the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church.

"The victims are still being identified", said Frans Barung Mangera, East Java police spokesman told media.

This is a developing story.

He said two police officers were among a total of 40 wounded.

Some of the suicide bombers were on motorcycles, while one of the attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but religious violence and tensions have been rising throughout this predominantly Muslim country.

Officials first put the toll as five dead, but this figure has been climbing as further details emerge and grievously wounded succumb to their wounds.

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Indonesian television showed debris scattered around the entrance of one of the churches and police closing off certain areas as crowds began to gather.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Indonesia's intelligence agency spokesman said it suspects the attacks were carried out by Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits could get a new lease on life.

Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the agency, also told Metro TV that the attacks were likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta involving Islamist militants last week.

In recent years the Asian nation has been fighting against radical extremism as ISIS attempts to recruit members within the country.