Family of suicide bombers attacks 3 churches in Indonesia, killing 7, police say
By Masrur Jamaluddin, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Susannah Cullinane, CNN
Updated 1902 GMT (0302 HKT) May 13, 2018
Jakarta (CNN)Police believe a husband, wife and their four children carried out the suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya that left seven people dead, Indonesia's top cop said Sunday.
The attackers included two daughters aged 9 and 12 years old, said Head Gen. Tito Karnavian, the country's highest-ranking police official.
Earlier reports indicated at least 10 people died in the Sunday morning attacks, but Karnavian said during a news conference that seven victims were killed.
Forty-one people, including two police officers, were hospitalized with injuries, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said previously.
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The six bombers also died, Karnavian said. Investigators believe the parents belong to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a terrorist group that lends its support to ISIS in Indonesia, the police general said.
Through its Amaq News Agency, ISIS claimed responsibility for what it called "martyrdom attacks" in the port city on the east coast of Java Island but provided no proof to substantiate its claim. Authorities have not confirmed the claim.
According to Karnavian's chronology of events, which doesn't line up with the sequence Mangera previously provided to the state-run Antara news agency, the father, identified as Dita Sopriyanto, drove a van to the Indonesian Christian Church and dropped off wife Puji Kuswat and their 9- and 12-year-old daughters.
The wife and daughters went inside and detonated a bomb, Karnavian said.
The father then drove the van to the Pentecost Central Church, where, from inside the vehicle, he detonated another bomb in front of the church.
Police converge on Santa Maria Catholic Church in Surabaya.
At the same time, the general said, Sopriyanto's sons drove motorcycles to Santa Maria Catholic Church, where they, too, detonated bombs. According to CCTV footage, the bomb at that church went off at 7:08 a.m. (8:08 p.m. ET Saturday).
Forensic evidence indicates the bombs were attached to the attackers' bodies, Karnavian said.
Police have closed all three locations as they investigate. At the family's home, investigators found three plastic boxes containing pipe bombs, Surabaya police Grand Commissioner Rudi Setiawan said. A bomb squad conducted a controlled explosion of the devices, he said.
The investigators also found "black powder" at the homes, and officers seized books and documents from the house, Setiawan said.
Pope prays for victims
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the attacks during his weekly Sunday audience in St Peter's Square.
"Together we invoke the God of peace to cease these violent actions, and in the heart of all, find space not for hatred and violence but for reconciliation and fraternity," he said.
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi tweeted condolences to the bombing victims with the hashtags #UnitedAgainstTerrorism and #WeAreNotAfraid.
The US Embassy in Jakarta condemned the attacks.
"These attacks on peaceful worshipers are an affront to the tolerance and diversity embraced by Indonesians. The United States stands with the people of Indonesia, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims," the statement read.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo toured the site with government ministers Sunday afternoon, meeting with local authorities and politicians before visiting the wounded at a local hospital.
The Indonesian bomb squad at the scene of one of the attacks.
In recent years, Indonesia has been confronting ISIS attempts to recruit members in the country.
It was the first major attack in Jakarta since Jemaah Islamiyah's 2009 simultaneous attacks on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels, which left seven people dead.
Journalist Masrur Jamaluddin reported from Jakarta, Eliott C. McLaughlin wrote from Atlanta and Susannah Cullinane wrote from Auckland, New Zealand. CNN's Kathy Quiano, Ralph Ellis and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.