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Indonesian Christian leaders call for unity after suicide bombings

Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia’s second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. 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. At least one fatality was confirmed, but initial reports said at least seven people were dead, including four of the attackers, and that 10 people were injured, including four policemen.

An eight-year-old girl, who was reportedly with the family, survived the blast and was being treated in a hospital, said an East Java police spokesman.

The attack followed a series of bombings a day earlier in the city that killed at least 17 people, reported Three suicide blasts were committed by one family – a husband, wife and four children – against three churches in the town.

Picture: The reflection of a church struck by suicide bombers is seen in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 14th May. Two days of violence left at least 18 dead and dozens injured. (CNS photo/Beawiharta, Reuters).