Indonesia has become a dangerous place for Christians since a wave of fundamentalism swept Jakarta and an Islamist Mayor was installed to power.
Indonesian Police have confirmed that at least 10 people have been killed and 41 others injured in the string of bomb attacks on three churches in Surabaya Indonesia on Sunday.
“Three bodies have been identified, seven others are yet to be evacuated [from the crime scenes],” East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said, as quoted by kompas.com.
The three churches are the Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church (STMB) on Jl. Ngagel Madya in Gubeng, Surabaya Pentecostal Church (GPPS) on Jl. Raya Arjuna and Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) on Jl. Diponegoro.
The police reportedly foiled bombing attempts targeting two other churches in the city, namely Saint Jacob’s Church at Citraland housing complex in West Surabaya and Sacred Heart of Jesus (HKY) Cathedral on Jl. Police Istimewa. The bombs reportedly failed to explode.
Jakarta has raised its alert status to siaga 1, the highest level, in the wake of suicide bombings that hit three churches and killed at least 10 people in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday morning.
“Following the bomb attacks in three churches in Surabaya, all areas in the Jakarta Police’s jurisdiction have been placed under the highest alert status until further notice,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Azis said in a circular distributed to police stations in the capital.
Bali, meanwhile, has been under siaga 1 status since Tuesday evening, following a deadly riot involving terrorist inmates at a detention center located at the police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java.
“We have intensified patrols and tightened security at the Bali Police headquarters and all police stations,” he said.
Bali Police have urged people across the island to stay calm and vigilant following the terror attack in Surabaya on Sunday.
“Please reduce your activities in public areas for a while and always inform the nearest police if you see suspicious activity,” Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja said.
He added that security at Bali’s main entrances had also been tightened, including at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Gilimanuk Port connecting Bali to Java island, Padangbai Port connecting Bali to Lombok island and other major and traditional seaports across Bali.
“We also tightened security in tourist areas, places of worship and other vital objects, including consulates in Bali,” Hengky added.
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