© Reuters. Armed cops stand guard alongside a closed street following an explosion exterior a Catholic church in Makassar, Indonesia
By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Nilufar Rizki
JAKARTA (Reuters) – A suspected suicide bomber blew up exterior a Catholic church within the Indonesian metropolis of Makassar on Sunday, wounding some folks on the primary day of the Easter Holy Week, police and a witness mentioned.
The congregation had been contained in the church on the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan advised Reuters. He mentioned it was unclear whether or not physique elements on the scene have been solely from the attacker.
Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest on the church, advised Metro TV that one particular person had been wounded holding off a suspected suicide bomber and that 10 folks had been wounded in whole, a few of them critically.
TVONE mentioned the one particular person killed was the attacker.
Video from the scene confirmed police had arrange a cordon across the church and vehicles parked close by have been broken.
Police didn’t say who is likely to be accountable for the obvious assault and there was no instant declare of duty.
Police blamed the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group for suicide assaults in 2018 on church buildings and a police submit within the metropolis of Surabaya that killed over 30 folks.
Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant assault came about on the vacationer island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 folks, most of them international vacationers.
In subsequent years, safety forces in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, scored some main successes in tackling militancy.
However extra just lately there was a resurgence of militant violence and scores of Indonesians have traveled to the Center East to combat for Islamic State.
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