September 29, 2011

Indonesian Leader Orders Terrorism Probe After Suicide Bomber Attacks Church Service!

The Australian
written by Peter Alford
Monday September 26, 2011

INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered counter-terrorism police to investigate after a suicide bomber killed himself and injured about 20 others outside a church in Solo, Central Java.

The bomb was detonated outside the Bethel Gospel Church, Kepunton, about 11am yesterday as worshippers emerged from a service, killing the bomber and seriously injuring two people. Up to 20 people were taken to hospital, but most had minor injuries.

The bomber had not been identified but police secured a nearby Catholic church, as Dr Yudhoyono called for an investigation by the counter-terrorism unit, Densus 88.

Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the President condemned the attack as terrorism. "Nothing can justify this inhuman act," General Djoko told a Solo radio station. "It is the task of everybody to overcome this act of terrorism."

The incident happened as Indonesian prosecutors prepare to try 18 people accused of a bombing campaign around Jakarta earlier this year.

Pepi Fernando, the alleged leader of a previously undetected Muslim radical group, was arrested the day before a cluster of bombs was set to immolate a Christian congregation at Serpong, on Jakarta's western outskirts, on Good Friday.

There has been a surge of interreligious violence in Indonesia this year, often involving Muslim splinter groups and self-radicalised individuals.

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