Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly

Leroy Wright
May 15, 2018

Authorities said Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah launched the simultaneous attacks in three churches in the eastern port city.

The family had been in Syria, where Islamic State until recently controlled large areas of the country, said the national head of police, Tito Karnavian.

Futrianto was reported to have dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters, ages 9 and 12, at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church in Surabaya, East Java.

A second is the attackers, who appropriate the name of a worthy and long-established faith that espouses tolerance, justice and civil harmony, have about as much to do with Islam as the Klu Klux Klan has to do with Methodism, the Roman Catholic Church or Anglicanism.

Police said they uncovered the link between the three families through interviews with the surviving children of the Sidoarjo family.

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The use of children in the attacks has been particularly horrifying to people.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo immediately flew from Jakarta to Surabaya in the aftermath of the attacks, calling them "the act of cowards, undignified, and barbaric". Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

The IS statement claiming responsibility for the attacks didn't mention anything about families or children taking part and said there were only three attackers. Meanwhile, police were also able to recover a few more homemade bombs around the church's vicinity, which the bomb squad properly detonated and disposed of.

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said the militant died in a shootout in a Surabaya neighbourhood with counterterrorism police, who had tried to arrest him over possible involvement in the attacks that killed at least 13 people.

Indonesia, which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months, has long struggled with Islamist militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst terror attack.

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