Bali, Jakarta on highest alert after Surabaya bomb attacks

A Surabaya police office is the latest target in a series of bombings in Surabaya and neighbouring Sidoarjo

A Surabaya police office is the latest target in a series of bombings in Surabaya and neighbouring Sidoarjo

And on Monday morning, a family of five riding on two motorcycles detonated a bomb at the entrance of the Surabaya police headquarters - killing all but one of them and injuring four police officers.

Four of the bombers from the same family were killed, but an eight-year-old child travelling with them on two motorbikes has survived.

Four other family members were killed in Surabaya in Sunday's blast, which injured four police officers and six civilians.

The suicide bombing took place at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia's second biggest business city after Jakarta, nearly simultaneously yesterday morning.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - A wave of deadly bombings Sunday and Monday and evidence of more planned have shaken Indonesia just before the holy month of Ramadan, with entire families - including children - carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshipers and the police.

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".

"Because their leaders are detained, their groups could be retaliating", said Karnavian.

All told, 25 people have died since Sunday including a total of 13 militants and their children. "They have trained in order to attack police", Wasisto said, identifying the militants as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, or JAD. Through his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, Secreatry General Antonio Guterres said that he was "appalled at reports that children were used to participate in the attacks", and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. "One of them was a little kid", said national police chief Tito Karnavian. The mother, with her two daughters, attacked the Christian Church of Diponegoro, he said.

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The sons aged 16 and 18 rode a motorcycle onto the grounds of the Santa Maria Church and detonated their explosives there, he said. The two biggest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, have both condemned the attack, according to The Jakarta Post.

"These attacks are the nightmare scenario that's been anticipated since Indonesians affiliated with ISIS have returned from the Middle East", said Greg Barton, Chair in Global Islamic Politics at Deakin University in Australia.

A few days ago, the Indonesian police managed to control a prison riot in Depok, a West Javan city, involving hundreds of detainees, many of whom belong to JAD.

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