14 injured in explosion outside church in central Indonesia

Two Bombers Suspected In Indonesia Church Blast Police

He said that security guards suspected two motorists who wanted to enter the church.

"The two persons were stopped by the church security officer and the blast occurred", Yuwono said.

The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters.

At least 14 people have been injured after a suicide bomb attack on a church in Indonesia on Palm Sunday.

As Breitbart News reported, two terrorists blew themselves up outside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, capital of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, at 10:30am local time, just as worshipers were filing out of the church at the start of Holy Week. The terror outfit had targeted churches and a police post in Surabaya in that attack. Huge plume of smoke and dust rose from the road where the explosion happened and traffic was thrown into disarray, video footage from the scene showed.

Earlier, local police had said at least one bomber died at the scene.

In 2000, attacks on churches at Christmas killed about 20 people.

It quoted Makassar Mayor Danny Pomanto as saying that there would have been many more casualties if the attacker had struck at the main entrance.

"I ask the public to remain calm in carrying out their worship" Widodo said adding, "Terrorism is a crime against humanity and has nothing to do with any religion".

Several worshippers nearby were injured by flying glass from shattered windows, Father Wilhelmus noted.

In subsequent years, security forces in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, scored some major successes in tackling militancy.

Gomar Gultom, head of the Indonesian Council of Churches, described the attack as a "cruel incident" as Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday.

The JAD, which is loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is linked with a group involved in a militant attack on Jolo, in the Philippines in 2018.

Indonesia has seen a string of attacks by Islamic extremists over the past two decades, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.



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