2nd Family Carries Out Indonesia Suicide Attack

Police say church attack family spent time in Syria
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2018 2:52 AM CDT
2nd Family Carries Out Indonesia Suicide Attack
Police vehicles are parked outside local police headquarters following an attack in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, May 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Horror in Indonesia: For the second time in two days, a suicide bombing was carried out by an entire family, including a child, police say. Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was among five family members who attacked police headquarters in the city of Surabaya on Monday morning, the Guardian reports. CCTV footage of the attack shows the family arriving on two motorcycles and detonating their explosives at a checkpoint, reports the AP. Police say the only people killed were the four adult family members. The girl was thrown by the blast and is being treated in a local hospital. Four police officers and six civilians were injured in the attack, which President Joko Widodo called "undignified and barbaric."

The police headquarters attack follows Sunday's attacks on three Christian churches in the city, which police say were carried out by members of a single family, including a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. Police have identified the father as Dita Oepriarto, head of a local ISIS-inspired terror cell. Six family members and eight others died in the three attacks. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and police say the family members were among hundreds of Indonesians to return to the country from Syria after the collapse of ISIS' "caliphate." In another Surabaya blast, three people were killed in an explosion at an apartment Sunday night. Police believe all three people killed were bombers. (More Indonesia stories.)

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