19 wounded in Indonesia’s church suicide bombing, 1 bomber killed

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JAKARTA, March 28 (Xinhua) — The number of injured persons rose to 19 after two suicide bombers carried out a bombing at a cathedral church on Sunday in Makassar city, the capital of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, and one of the bomber was killed, Police Chief of the Province Inspector General Merdisyam told media.

The Indonesian government strongly condemned the bombing incident. Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said this bombing was a heinous act that tarnished the tranquility of social life.

Two people were suspected of carrying out the suicide bombing in Makassar at around 10:30 a.m. local time outside the church. The two were allegedly riding a motorcycle trying to enter the churchyard, but were held by church security staff members.

The injured were rushed to hospitals and news footage showed cars near the building were damaged and police cordon off the area.

Qoumas hoped that the police can reveal later the mastermind behind this heinous act.

Chairman of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia Rev. Gomar Gultom said this bombing attack added to the list of acts of violence and terror in Indonesia.

The incident occurred when Christians in Indonesia were celebrating Palm Sunday, a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday ahead of Easter.

South Sulawesi provincial police spokesman Senior Commissioner E Zulpan said they were probing into the incident.

Churches have been targeted by extremists in Indonesia.

In 2018, dozens of people were killed when suicide bombers launched attacks at three churches during Sunday services in the city of Surabaya in East Java. Enditem

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