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Posted: May 14 2018, 10:55 AM
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Indonesian President orders investigation after single family bombs three churches in radical attack
By Indonesia correspondent David Lipson
Photo: Indonesian police said Dita Oepriarto (L), Puji Kuswati ® and their four children were behind the attacks. (Supplied)
Indonesia's President has ordered a full investigation into the roots of the organisation blamed for three church bombings in the nation's second-biggest city, Surabaya, on Sunday.
Six people from the one family, including a nine-year-old girl, blew themselves up in coordinated suicide attacks, which left 13 dead and dozens more injured.
Their father, 46-year-old Dita Oepriarto, dropped his wife, 42-year-old Puji Kuswati, and two daughters to one church, before driving a car packed with explosives to another, and blowing it up.
At another church across town, Oepriarto's two sons, aged 16 and 18, rode an explosive-laden motor scooter into a crowd and set it off.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo toured the bomb sites, describing the act as "barbaric and inhumane".
"I ask all people to join together in the fight against terrorism and radicalism," he said.
"It's against our religious values, the precious values of God and diversity.
"No words can describe how deep our condolences are for the fallen victims."
Photo: Security has been stepped up at churches across Indonesia. (ABC News: David Lipson)
The Jemaah Ansharuut Daulah (JAD) network, a group of Indonesian radicals, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group, is thought to be behind the attack.
Police believe the suicide bombing father Oepriarto was the head of JAD in East Java.
It is understood he and his family recently returned from Syria, where they had travelled to join the caliphate claimed by IS.
Another 500 Indonesians are believed to have returned home since the routing of IS forces in Syria.
Police say sleeper cells across Indonesia have woken up in the days before Ramadan.
Last week, terrorist inmates at a Jakarta prison killed five elite police, while on Saturday police shot four terrorist suspects in West Java.
Armed guards are now patrolling churches and places of interest across the country, fearing more attacks in coming days.
Photo: Members of the police bomb squad inspect wreckage of motorcycles at the site of one of the explosions. (AP: Trisnadi)
What sort of father radicalises his children to the extent that they become suicide bombers? A nine year old girl becoming a weapon?!?
This story came on top of the Margaret River tragedy where one deranged man kills his daughter and his grandchildren.
I can't understand either, but one is the act of a disturbed individual while this (the Surabaya bombings) is the act of an entire family under the evil spell of an extremist group.
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Posted: May 14 2018, 11:25 AM
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I wonder just how aware of what was going to happen, those two little girls were.
Posted: May 14 2018, 04:26 PM
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Nothing to see here.
It obviously has nothing to do with Islam, the religion of peace. (Much sarcasm intended)
Let's all move along now.
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