Church Bombing Devastates Makassar, Indonesia

Scene of church bombing in Makassar

Scene of church bombing in Makassar

The National Police said the attack could have claimed more lives without intervention by a church security guard.

Several persons were wounded in the incident, police and eye witness account said.

Indonesian national police said two people were suspected of carrying out the attack, after local police reported the bomber acted alone.

A priest also described as a suicide attack, But the blast's cause could not be independently verified by AFP and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Both attackers were instantly killed in the resulting blasts.

Indonesia has seen a string of attacks by Islamic extremists over the past two decades, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Nearly while the attacks were occurring police were raiding another part of the island, and arrested four other suspected terrorists.

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In 2018, dozens of people were killed when suicide bombers attacked three churches during Sunday services in the city of Surabaya in East Java. Members of the squad were initially supposed to arrest the two slain men for their alleged role in the Philippine suicide bombing.

The congregation had been inside the church for Sunday service at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan said.

"In connection with the terrorist attack at the Christian church in Makassar, we are asking Russian citizens in Sulawesi (and everyone else too) to remain calm, not to visit crowded places, to follow police guidelines".

The explosion at the main Catholic cathedral in Makassar - a port city of about 1.5 million - happened just after congregants finished celebrating Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, which commemorates Jesus's entry into Jerusalem.

He said that police were investigating whether they were linked to a local affiliate of the banned Jemaah Islamiyah network or were acting independently.

The attacker, he said, arrived by motorbike and tried to get into the church.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the attack, according to Vatican Media. Ten people were wounded in total, some of them seriously, he said.

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