Nine killed in Indonesia church bombings

Indonesian policemen patrol outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

Indonesian policemen patrol outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

The attacks were suspected to be carried out by the Islamic state-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a spokesperson for the country's intelligence agency said.

Police ordered the temporary closure of all churches in Surabaya on Sunday, and a large food festival in the city was cancelled.

At least two people have been killed at the Santa Maria Church in the Ngagel Madya area.

Indonesia, which will begin the holy fasting month Ramadan this week, has been on high alert over attacks by terrorists, including some incidents claimed by the ISIS.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said explosions took place in three churches and 40 people had been taken to the hospital.

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The bombings come days after Islamist militant prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force during a 36-hour standoff at a high security jail on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta.

TV pictures showed debris scattered around the entrance of one church. Also in this Church wounded at least 38 people, among them police officers.

The Southeast Asian nation's 260 million people includes significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance. "Police have arrested a man who was about to attack the fourth Congregational Church, the attack was broken", - quotes the edition the statement of the Deputy mayor of Surabaya, Wisnu Sakti Buana.

A sustained crackdown weakened the most unsafe networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

A few minutes later the second explosion occurred in a Protestant Church in Jalan Diponegoro (Diponegoro Jalan) - two known victims.

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