Militants on motorcycle attack Indonesia police headquarters

ISIS first mounted attacks in Indonesia in 2016, claiming the lives of four civilians in explosions and shootings.

The group's spiritual leader is Aman Abdurrahman, a jailed Indonesian radical who authorised the Jakarta attack and is considered the de facto leader of all IS supporters in Indonesia. 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.

Australians travelling to Bali and other parts of Indonesia have been warned to exercise caution after recent bombing attacks in the country. Abuza questioned the police suggestion that the attacks were ordered by the IS leadership overseas but said it would likely boost its presence in Southeast Asia as it fades elsewhere.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks in a statement issued by propaganda agency Amaq. This was foiled when the militants planning the attack were killed.

Dita is known as the JAD leader of the Surabaya chapter. Police also increased security in nearly all major churches in big cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, and Medan. Two girls aged nine and 12 were among those who blew themselves up.

The United Nations Secretary-General condemned the three terrorist attacks on the Surabaya churches.

Karnavian said the father drove a bomb-laden auto into the city's Pentecostal church.

Monday's attack on the city's police headquarters were carried out by a family of five, including a child, police said. Four of the bombers died.

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A group of JAD Surabaya members included the families involved in the suicide bombing at Surabaya Police headquarters on Monday morning and an explosion at an apartment complex in Sidoarjo on Sunday night.

Tito added that unlike any other explosives, TATP did not need a detonator to set the bomb off. "Heat or a mere shaking motion can cause the bomb to explode".

What is the connection to IS? The second family was also linked to JAD.

The Pontiff said: "I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the communities of Christians of the city of Surabaya, which were hit hard by the serious attack on places of worship".

For years, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was synonymous with terrorism in Indonesia.

Al-Qaeda has carried out the deadliest attacks in Indonesia, killing more than 200 people on the island of Bali in 2002.

In subsequent years the group carried out a string of deadly attacks, including a 2003 auto bombing at the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta that killed a dozen and a suicide vehicle bomb the following year outside the Australian embassy that killed 10. The leaders of both groups are now in prison. On Feb. 11 in Central Java's city of Yogyakarta, a Muslim extremist attacked a Catholic church.

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