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Indonesia counterterrorism police shoot and kill suspected militant linked to Surabaya church bombings, arrest 13

Attacks at three churches were carried out on Sunday by a family that included girls aged eight and 12, then a second family bombed police headquarters on Monday

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 10:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 10:41pm

Indonesian police fatally shot a militant and arrested 13 others on Tuesday suspected of links to suicide bombings carried out by two families in the country’s second-largest city.

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said the militant died in a shoot-out 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.

He said the arrests of suspected militants were made in raids in Surabaya and its neighbouring cities of Malang and Pasuruan.

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Coordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12.

A second family bombed Surabaya’s police headquarters on Monday. Their seven-year-old daughter survived the attack.

All told, 26 people died in the two days of attacks including a total of 13 militants and their children.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for all the attacks in statements carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Earlier Tuesday, police searched the home of the family that bombed Surabaya’s police headquarters.