One dead, arrests in Indonesia terror raid

One dead, arrests in Indonesia terror raid

The children are believed to have had little or no contact with others outside their families and were shown jihadist videos by their parents, police said.

The coordinated attacks in Surabaya with their mix of military-grade explosives, and women and children being used as cover for suicide bombings, suggest a rising level of tactical sophistication in Indonesia's terrorists.

Three suicide blasts were committed by one family - a husband, wife and four children - against three churches in the town. reported that early on 14th May, a family of five, including three children, carried out a suicide bombing on two motorcycles at police headquarters in East Java's provincial capital, Surabaya, police said.

But observers say that there is certainly a whiff of ISIS in the strikes on the churches and the local police station by two families, as well as the plot that was botched up by a third family in nearby Sidoarjo after their bombs exploded prematurely.

IS claimed responsibility for the church bombings in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Authorities said that the unnamed family returned home from Syria, where the ISIS continue to wreak havoc and terror.

The top security minister, Wiranto, who uses one name, said the government will attempt to hasten passage of an updated anti-terrorism law that has languished in parliament.

All told, 25 people have died since Sunday including a total of 13 militants and their children. 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. "If three families can be involved in two days' worth of terrorist attacks in Surabaya, surely there are more ready to act".

Using women and children in militant attacks has always been a tactic deployed in other countries - Nigerian terror group Boko Haram often uses children as suicide bombers. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

At Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, Futrianto then drove his vehicle onto the church grounds and detonated explosives.

The new spate of bombings comes just ahead of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, and follows a melee at a detention center near Jakarta last week in which jailed Muslim extremists killed six officers. Their seven-year-old daughter survived the attack.

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