Egypt condemns terror attack on Indonesian police station

Egypt condemns terror attack on Indonesian police station

A family of militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in the same city.

"There were five people on two motorbikes. One of them was a little kid", national police chief Tito Karnavian said. 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. Their mother Puji Kuswati attacked worshippers at another church with her daughters aged 9 and 12.

Oepriarto then drove the van to the Pentecostal Central Church, where, from inside the vehicle, he detonated another bomb, police said.

Indonesian police believe the attacks in Surabaya are a reaction to what happened at the Jakarta prison, with instructions coming from the ISIL leadership.

The extent of the carnage and the fact that children were enlisted in the attacks drew condemnation from the country's leader, President Joko Widodo, who called them "barbaric".

The bombing came one day after a family of six, including four children, detonated explosives at three churches, killing 12 people and injuring at least 40.

Formed in 2015, JAD gained notoriety in January 2016 for a gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead.

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As noted by the BBC, "The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent years but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks".

Yesterday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10.

According to CNN, Indonesia has seen an increase in terrorist attacks beginning in 2014, mirroring an earlier trend in 2001.

A spokesperson for the country's intelligence agency said Sunday's bombings were suspected to have been carried out by an ISIL-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

JAD has been linked to a series of other plots in Indonesia, including a firebomb attack on a church that killed a toddler and a plan to launch a Christmas-time suicide bombing.

"The objective of using a family for terror acts is so it is not easily detected by the police", said Indonesian security analyst Stanislaus Riyanta.

Although considered Indonesia's largest pro-IS coalition, JAD's structure and links to the worldwide terror network are murky.

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